Radio Kwizera, Ngara, Tanzania

Kazi ni Kazi "Work is work": Stimulation of Entrepreneurship in Northern Tanzania

Title
Creation of awareness on poverty alleviation by stimulating entrepreneurship in the region.

Partner Organisation
Radio Kwizera/ Jesuit Refugee Service, Box 154, Ngara, Tanzania, Eastern Africa, E-Mail: director@radiokwizera.com; http://www.radiokwizera.com, www.radiostationstz.com

Project Duration
August 2013-July 2015

Partner 
Radio Kwizera was established in 1995 by the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in collaboration with The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Catholic Diocese of Rulenge-Ngara to respond to the plight of refugees after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

From ist inception, Radio Kwizera has continued to widen its goals from working with refugees and displaced persons to working for and with communities in the great lakes region of Africa. In accompanying and advocating the rights of Refugees, the Radio created a channel for information interface between refugees and Aid agencies organizations and governments that worked with refugees. Radio Kwizera's coverage areas include Western Tanzania, parts of Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Radio Kwizera has a total of 34 workers.

Project Objective
Radio Kwizera, together with the community, wishes decipher on factors perpetuating poverty and economic retardation. Through dialogue on success and failures on entrepreneurship, the project shall scrutinize how poverty is perpetuated and how entrepreneurs can deliberate on the concept of entrepreneurship and stimulate trade and development, and also consolidate public awareness creation on the existence of economic opportunities, loan schemes, business skills, marketing strategies, taxation
policies, and so forth.   

  • Increase market for agro-products (fruits and vegetables, fish/meat, cassava, cooking oil), cereals (beans/maize/rice/coffee), artifacts and merchandise (clothes/footwear, agricultural seeds/equipment, household items).
  • Increases knowledge on custom procedures.
  • Improve business record keeping and stock taking.
  • Improve cross border trading.

 Actions Implemented

  • Production of radio features, jingles, dramas, storytelling, debates, interviews, etc
  • Announcements of market prices and available service
  • Training of twenty journalists
  • Workshops (e.g. on preservation and marketing) in three different towns
  • Monthly field visits to entrepreneurs
  • Establishment of joint border markets