Ngerengere River Eco Camp

Non-governmental organization


The Visakazi Widows Group emerged due to the difficulties which many widows face in

their task of being the sole head of household. Illness, poor housing, low income and a lack

of capital to improve small businesses are currently identified problems. These challenges

are often caused by discriminating practices against widows occuring in some regions of

Tanzania. The biggest problem is property grabbing. This is a form of gender-based

violence where in-laws take all family properties from the widow and force her to leave

the family house. Other forms of discrimination are the exclusion from the in-law family

as well as some cases of disrespectful behavior towards widows for example by neighbors.


The group involves 25 women who meet

twice a month. From these discussions several

projects emerged:

  • Training in different sectors such as
    business, environment, crafts and more
  • Acquisition of permits which allow
    to enter the forest reserve to collect weaving materials
  • Occasional fundraising in the community to supply school material for their children
  • A loan scheme was created that revolves among the widows themselves. These loans allow them to set up their own street food stall and thereby increase the household income.


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