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.

Our projects

Programme Project Donor Starting Date Duration
Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents NoVo Foundation September 2013 5 years

Youth Empowerment Programme

The goal of the empowerment and livelihood for adolescents (ELA) programme is to develop and improve the quality of life of vulnerable adolescent girls and facilitate them to achieve greater economic and social empowerment.

With the support of NOVO foundation, this project has been operating in Tanzania through the ELA clubs since 2013. Over the years, BRAC has delved deeper into understanding the contextual problems that the members of the clubs face and worked to ensure that different interventions are injected into the programme to ensure their sustainability and relevance in the community.

BRAC Tanzania runs the programme in Dar es Salaam, Iringa, Mbeya, and Dodoma.


  • 5,444 girls as existing members
  • Provided financial literacy training and microcredit support to 4,632 girls
  • 180 ELA clubs, including eight coding clubs established
  • 4,417 girls provided with life skills training
  • 1,061 girls provided with livelihood training

Contact us

BRAC Tanzania:Plot # 2329, Block H, Mbezi Beach, Dar es Salaam P.O. Box 105213 Tanzania
T: 255 754 244 540