Publication: Untapped Potential: Household Enterprises in Tanzania

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Sánchez Puerta, María Laura
Granata, María Julia
Becerril, Odette Maciel
Heaner, Gwendolyn
Ajwad, Mohamed Ihsan
The World Bank in collaboration with the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) conducted an assessment on the constraints and opportunities faced by non-farm household enterprise owners when starting and growing a business. The report highlights the findings from two applied methodologies namely a qualitative toolkit and a quantitative analysis. The toolkit included several qualitative techniques like focus groups, life stories, key informant interviews, and a community mapping exercise administered to 385 individuals from eight communities, among whom about a third were beneficiaries of the countrywide TASASF III - Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN) program. The quantitative data had rich information on 7,400 Tanzanian households and included a specific section on household enterprises. The authors found that the major constraints household enterprise owners face when starting or growing a business are lack of access to financial resources, weak markets and high competition among themselves, and lack of skills. Participants also identified severe weather conditions (droughts and rainy season) as a risk for their businesses and their communities. The report concludes with recommendation for TASAF and the Tanzanian government as they move forward towards the next phase of the PSSN program.
Sánchez Puerta, María Laura; Granata, María Julia; Becerril, Odette Maciel; Heaner, Gwendolyn; Ajwad, Mohamed Ihsan. 2018. Untapped Potential: Household Enterprises in Tanzania. Jobs Working Paper;No. 15. © World Bank, Washington, DC. License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.
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