Summary: The number of teenage mothers and its consequences in social economic development have been increasing in Tanzania, irrespective of the measures to reduce it that have been taken by the government and other stakeholders. They are barred from returning to school, in the face of these crises, many are discouraged that giving birth is end of education. We empower young mothers with vocational skills training comprises of income generating activities to escape poverty.
According to Tanzania Demographic Health Survey, the teenage pregnancy increased by 4 percent since 2010 by 2016 one in four adolescent aged 15-19 had begun childbearing. When she becomes pregnant her life change radically, her education ends and her job prospects diminish. She becomes more vulnerable to poverty and exclusion and her health often suffers. Most of the teenage mothers are coming from families which have below bottom quintile and are mostly not working, inactive or unemployed.
Fahari Tuamke Maendeleo, we aim to help teenage mothers live a dignified and more self-sustainable life. Under this project 300 teenage mothers will be provided vocational skills training on food processing and packaging, solar drying technology of fruit and vegetables, nutritious meals processing and packaging and liquid soap making. They will also provided training on business and entrepreneurship skills and financial literacy to maintain a successful business in a long run.
Teenage mothers are among the most economically vulnerable group. The economic empowerment of this group is a critical level for change in teenage mother's lives, helping them to gain financial independence, establishing income generating activities, and improve their future prospects for participation in the labour force, will provide them with more mobility, promote their confidence, strengthen their social network and improve their health outcomes.