Empowered Women, Brighter Futures: REGROW Project Transforms Lives in Mvomero

Empowered Women, Brighter Futures: REGROW Project Transforms Lives in Mvomero

A remarkable transformation is underway in Msongozi Ward, Mvomero District, Tanzania. Thanks to the Resilient Natural Resource Management for Tourism and Growth (REGROW) project implemented in the Southern Circuit, women who once struggled financially are now thriving entrepreneurs.

Previously, poverty restricted opportunities for many women. Some resorted to risky ventures like poaching to survive. However, REGROW, led by the dedicated efforts of Method Msimbe, Acting Executive Officer of Mikumi, has brought a wave of positive change.

Through skills training, financial support, and market connections, REGROW has empowered 15 women-led groups, which have a total of 327 members (81% women) and are now hubs of economic activity.

Nadya Hassan, once with a struggling pharmacy, exemplifies this transformation. REGROW provided capital that allowed her to expand her business into sugarcane farming, significantly increasing her profits. Nadya is a beacon of hope, inspiring others to pursue their dreams.

The Tupendane Chekereni group is another success story. With REGROW’s seed capital, these 21 women embarked on a journey of collective prosperity, establishing a lending program and investing in ventures. Their initial capital of TZS 111,000 has grown to a TZS 26 million lending portfolio. They’ve also begun a sunflower oil pressing project, showcasing their commitment to innovation and sustainability.

REGROW is a powerful collaboration between the Tanzanian government and the World Bank. It promotes sustainable development and inclusive growth. It goes beyond economics, empowering women and fostering social change.

The women of Mikumi express their deepest gratitude to President Samia Suluhu Hassan for her leadership and commitment to their empowerment. REGROW has provided economic freedom and unlocked their potential to shape their destinies and leave a lasting legacy.