SET project provides opportunities for business growth to young mothers in Morogoro

Initial vocational education and training
Young mothers in Morogoro Region have set up and are running group businesses following training in skills development through the Skills for Employment Tanzania (SET) Project. The SET project seeks to improve (self-) employment prospects among the youth through the contribution to improved access, relevance and quality of Vocational Skills Development. Two of the organisations providing training and support to young mothers are Creativity for Rural Empowerment and Sustainable Development (CRESD), implementing a commercial poultry production project in Gairo District, who trained a total of 200 trainees and Kinara for Evolution organisation which has implemented a tailoring project with 37 trainees in Morogoro Municipal Council.
"Since we received training on poultry production and running a business between March to May this year, we bought 150 chicks and took only two months to raise and sell them locally, making a profit of 4,000 Tsh (US$1.50 per chicken). We kept the profit we earned and have ordered a further 150 chicks. We plan to expand our business by building a larger poultry shed, to satisfy the demand from our customers."
Noelina Dominic, from Gairo District

Due to their business success, CRESD and Kinara supported five young mothers to represent their groups, two from CRESD three from Kinara attend the Nane Nane event.

Every year on August 8th in Tanzania, an agricultural fair known as Nane Nane takes place. Its main objective is to provide a platform for farmers to convene and exhibit their products. This event facilitates networking opportunities, the exchange of business ideas, and mutual learning among participants.

Noelina Dominic and Hosana Anordi at the poultry shed, which they constructed for the Nane Nane exhibition in Morogoro.
"Through my participation in the Nane Nane agricultural fair, I've gained significant insights into poultry production. I've learned that chicken droppings can be used as fertiliser, which I can utilise to diversify our business and start vegetable production. I will share these valuable lessons with my peers. We are 20 young mothers in our group doing poultry production, so together we can invest more and start to improve our lives."
Noelina Dominic
"In addition to our poultry business, we have now acquired knowledge about new technologies for maize and sunflower production. These crops are suitable for cultivation in our village. We have also learned ways to expand our business and increase our income."
poultry farmer Hosana Anordi, also from Gairo District
From left to right: Beather Isaya, Simageni Kisumbi and Rehema Majaliwa, young mothers trained in tailoring by Kinara for Evolution Organisation, showcase their products.

Rehema Majaliwa, a young mother from Morogoro Municipal Council who is now part of a tailoring business commented “I've had the chance to acquire new clothing design techniques from other designers, which I intend to incorporate into my work after this exhibition. The Nane Nane exhibition has been a tremendous learning experience for me.”

“We decided to bring these young mothers to the Nane Nane exhibition so that they could learn from and exchange ideas with other business people, especially those who are involved in the same type of business. We extend our appreciation to our partners, Swisscontact, for supporting young mothers” said Rehema Juma, from Kinara.

“We thank Swisscontact for supporting young mothers in poultry production and tailoring training through the SET project, as it gives them the opportunity to develop their businesses and support their young children. They have started establishing savings groups as well. Each tailoring group consists of between 4-11 young mothers. We anticipate that once these groups, together with the poultry production groups are officially registered and have undergone all the necessary procedures, they will have access to government loans designated for youth and women, as provided by the municipal authorities. This will enable them to further develop their businesses” Rehema concluded.


The Skills for Employment Tanzania project is financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

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...