March 2, 2018

Meet Jackson Buzingo

Learn more about our new Country Representative for Tanzania.

Jackson Richard Buzingo

With a Bachelor's Degree in Special Needs Education from the University of Dodoma, Jackson is a much welcomed addition to the one more salary team. As Country Representative for Tanzania, he will lead and direct the organization's future projects, programmes and fundraising activities in the area.

Having grown up in the Kasulu District of Kigoma in western Tanzania – the same area where the country headquarter's office is located – Jackson has the necessary knowledge and capacity to lead the organization's work in the region. With a clear vision for how to transform his village and local community, and how to develop future projects and programmes in the region, he lets us in on some of the underlying challenges and opportunities in the area.

The majority of women in rural communities spend most of their time collecting firewood from the forest to have a source of fuel for cooking activities. As they normally spend a minimum of four to six hours per day doing this, the time they can spend on any income generating activities is severely reduced. The fact that collecting water or firewood is a task performed mainly by women is very commonly known at this point, yet it remains an unresolved issue in many areas.

At the same time however, local food vendors normally don’t have a reliable source of cooking fuel, and naturally they depend on either firewood or charcoal to cook. With an unreliable source of raw material – in this case cooking fuel – their income remains unstable as a result.

As for the youths, a large number depend on agriculture as their core source of income, but their crop output remains low as their productivity is hindered by the use of primitive agriculture equipment and methods.

Moreover, people depend on the agricultural yield for their daily lives in general, and low or uncertain precipitation during the rainy season can drastically reduce income as well as productivity if the crop output is scarce.

In terms of practicing small business in rural communities, work is commonly carried out after sunset as other essential activities are required to take place in daylight. These rural communities are rarely ever connected to the national electricity grid, and without a access to a reliable light source at night, such as solar-powered lamps for example, the productivity of course suffers.

In order to increase agricultural productivity, it would be necessary to mobilize the community to initiate small-scale irrigation farming. This would allow for the cultivation of crops in two seasons within one year, instead of having to be solely dependent on crop yield from the rainy season. Given that sufficient funding can be acquired, small-scale irrigation could be made possible through providing farmers with integrated solar-powered water pumps, which would effectively enable farmers to increase their output. It would also be necessary to create awareness among the farmers on where and how they can find a larger market for their products.

Since there is no clear strategy or program for education among those who do not attend college, it would be necessary to provide youth and women with education in entrepreneurship to build and strengthen their capacity. By mobilizing e.g. young people to establish groups and provide these groups with training in certain vocational skills would enable them to collectively set up small businesses to earn an income. By forming SACCOs – Saving and Credit Cooperative Societies – these groups would also be able to apply for funding through loans to give them the financial resources to set up a business. As an individual, it can be difficult to fulfill the financial institutions’ terms and conditions for loan applications, which is why SACCOs play an important role as they allow individuals to form groups that are eligible to apply for loans.