Young women in Tanzania face tremendous challenges. 40% of girls are pregnant or have had a child by the age of 18. 1 in 3 girls in Tanzania has experienced sexual violence before their 18th birthday. The unemployment rate in Tanzania is 13.4%, out of which 53.3% are youth and 33% more women than men. Tanzania shoulders 8% of the global burden of HIV and 10% of the 1.4 million Tanzanians living with HIV on the mainland are adolescents and of them, 45% are adolescents with the majority being females.
Our Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents Girls (ELA) programme is designed to address the above challenges by empowering teenage girls in Tanzania. We provide safe spaces for them to socialise, and receive mentoring and life skills training and combine it with financial literacy training and customised micro-loans, which socially and financially empowers adolescent girls.
We want to improve the quality of life of adolescents, especially vulnerable girls through social education and financial empowerment. We increase their awareness and knowledge, and develop skills on reproductive health, unwanted pregnancy, early marriage and HIV/AIDS. We promote awareness on gender discrimination, abuse and all forms of violence, and encourage meaningful participation in decision making. We also creating income generating opportunities for the girls.
We want to build confidence and instill a sense of self-worth in these girls, and encourage positive behavioural changes to improve their quality of life. This helps to prevent early marriages and leads to a more stable future for the next generation.