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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa | Tanzania
2018-07-18T16:19:40Z | 2018-07-18T16:19:40Z | 2018-06

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.

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