Poverty among households who depend on small scale agriculture has remained the big challenge in many parts of Tanzania where women and girls are highly affected. Women and girls play an important role to feed families. The identified location for SHINE project is comprised of smallholder farmers, low income households, and unemployed women and girls who are also small-scale entrepreneurs. SHINE project will enhance the capacity of local leaders and stakeholders to support small scale farmers.
In Kasulu district specifically Muzye, Bugaga, and Nkundusi village, more than 60% small horticulture farmers are women and girls. These women are the one who feed and provide basic needs to their families through the income they get from trading the yielding. The main challenges that farmers face are; Lack of agricultural loans from banks and Micro Finance Institutes (MFIs) Market access hardship Lack of modern agricultural technology(machine / tools) Lack of relevant skills, knowledge
More than 200 women and girls residents of these selected villages will direct benefit from the program, as they will be empowered to access market, farming tools, MFIs, and business development services. Community members will indirectly benefit, as they have women and girls with improved farming practice and increased income. Kasulu district at large will also be indirectly benefited through increase number of tax payers which increase district council's revenues.
To empower smallholders horticulture farmers women and girls to access market, financial services, and business development services so as to generate income and improve their livelihood.