APT Action on Poverty

Improving the Status of Rural Women in Tanzania

To reduce rural poverty among subsistence farmers (mainly women) in Tanzania so they are able to feed their families all year round and generate additional income - by preserving fruits, vegetables and spices using simple, low cost and locally made solar driers.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 April 2010 to 12:00 PM, 1 March 2012

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (290836)




  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief




Rural poverty. Major factors include low levels of education and literacy among small-scale subsistence farmers, exposure to variable weather conditions, price shocks, limited investment and weak institutional arrangements.


The project builds on previous work which introduced low cost solar drying technology as an additional livelihood strategy for vulnerable women. By assisting 700 small-scale subsistence farmers (mainly women) - indivdually and collectively - to establish and manage sustainable, profitable businesses, they will be empowered through increased income, viable employment, collective action, enhanced self-esteem and increased respect from their communities.