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Partner Villages

Since 2008, the Tanzanian Partnership Program has collaborated with two communities in Tanzania to improve local livelihoods. Village partners were selected based on need, local capacity, community interest, and partner experience in the region—Milola in the south and Naitolia in the north of the country.

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Milola is located in Lindi District about 60 kilometers inland and made up of two villages – Milola A and Milola B. Approximately 6,000 people live in Milola A and B. The main ethnic groups are Mwera, Ngindo, Makonde, and Yao. The majority of households (92 percent) earn a living by growing sesame, rice, and maize on small farming plots. Due to limited inputs and market access, agricultural production is low. A new temporary clinic hut in the sub-village of Ngwenya is helping ensure this community has access to basic healthcare. Findings from a water quality and system study is helping TPP address issues with water scarcity. Teacher trainings and the presence of DUCE student teachers in Milola schools have improved the quality of education. Chicken raising and sunflower farming have been introduced as new ways to generate income.

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Naitolia Village is located in Monduli District and lies in a Wildlife Management Area. Home to an agro-pastoralist community of about 1,800 people, Naitolia is actually two sub-villages – Ormang'wai and Engursero. The main ethnic groups are Maasai, Waarusha, Iraqw, and Barabaig. Households are spread across 178 square kilometers (68 square miles) and most (79 percent) earn a living by keeping cattle and goats. Some households also raise chickens. A community-run dip for cattle and goats is helping reduce animal deaths due to disease. To increase access to quality water, the community pond was rehabilitated. A health clinic in Ormang'wa provides basic health services. Clinic staff conduct educational outreach workshops on key health challenges in the community. Across Naitolia and the two neighboring villages of Mswakini Chini and Mswakini Juu, there are three primary schools and one preschool. TPP supports school feeding programs and farms to help ensure students regularly receive a school lunch.