Swisscontact celebrates Women’s achievement in Vocational Education in Tanzania

Initial vocational education and training
In commemoration of International Women's Day, Swisscontact in Tanzania joins the world in celebrating women and their achievements. This year’s theme should inspire others to understand and value women’s inclusion to forge a better world.

In line with this theme, Swisscontact Tanzania strives to advance the socioeconomic integration of young mothers, who have been excluded from education and the labour market due to early pregnancy. Through its projects, Swisscontact Tanzania empowers marginalized young mothers and connects them with entrepreneurial opportunities.

"As we celebrate International Women’s Day this year our hope and wish is to witness young mothers embarking on their entrepreneurial journeys, enhancing existing businesses, nurturing their children, and taking the lead in transforming the lives of others in their communities."
Victoria Nkuba, Young Mothers Training Coordinator at Swisscontact Tanzania 

Since early 2023, Swisscontact Tanzania in collaboration with local training providers has facilitated access to quality non-formal vocational skills development for 1,231 young mothers. The training is meant to equip young mothers with skills which enable them to create their own micro-enterprises in sub-sectors such as tailoring, food processing, poultry, beekeeping, agriculture-horticulture, fish farming, and modern flower garden. So far 704 young mothers graduated from their training and are now trying to establish their businesses. Out of those who graduated more than six months ago, 88% already managed to initiate their own business.

"The opportunity of attending a tailoring training empowered me with new skills and knowledge. I recently started my own business, where I am designing clothing for my customers. This helps to sustain me financially and provide basic needs for my children. I aim to continue being creative, explore new business opportunities, and support other women in my community."
Letisia Masalu

“As we celebrate International Women’s Day, I acknowledge on how vocational skills development transformed my life. My hope for women worldwide is that they continue to believe in themselves and work diligently towards their goals.” adds Letisia.

Letisia working on designing clothes after attending a tailoring training implemented by a local training provider in partnership with Swisscontact.

Together with its partners, Swisscontact will continue providing relevant vocational skills to young mothers to enhance their socioeconomic inclusion and position them at the forefront of development in their communities.

Initial vocational education and training, Labour market insertion
Skills for Employment Tanzania

The Skills for Employment Tanzania (SET) Project seeks to improve self-employment prospects among the youth through the contribution to improved access, relevance and quality of vocational skills development.
Youth have difficulty finding employment due to limited access to skills training and a mismatch between available skills training and the...