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Sustainable Investments and Development Initiatives

Sustainable Investments and Development Initiatives

Mwanza, Tanzania

  1. Fish farming project in Sengerema Tanzania

Following high rate of increasing poverty, environmental and ecological
fragile of lake Victoria and food insecurity among the fishers living along the
Lake Victoria basin; it has been observed to creates sufferings to women and
children, some fisher women have been forced to engages in shame of sex
for fish with fishermen to get their bread, fish catch to sell and ensure their
survival following harder scarcity of fish stock those being obtained in
obsolete traditional fishing.
In discussion with fisher women and entire stakeholders to find sustainable
solution to reduce poverty among fisher women ,trial to end the ecological
and aligned social problems; the proposed idea of integrated fish farming
seem to revive hope ,bring new model of sustainable livelihood and reduce
income poverty and food insecurity was to mobilize fisher women and
engage effectively in integrated fish farming that been set up consistingrelated components that shall help to empower women to keep fish for
eating and sales, plant trees along the lake shore to improve ecological
sustainability ,to educate people to protect environments by giving training
to beach management unit-BMU and village council to be motivated to form
by-laws linked to reduce forests degradation
More proposed solution is to enable fisher women to have sufficient energy
at home by starting home woodlots to get charcoals and learn practices to
conserve their natural environments

  1. Sustainable Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction

SIDI wish to make the difference to local people living in the Lake Victoria Basin by developing projects utilizing resources sustainably, promotes shared benefits and encourages participatory plans and gender concern for the benefits of all people.

To realize and achieve positive results,SIDI prioritize the key issues those responding on:

1.Sustainable Development: promotes sustainable fish farming, trees planting and water hyacinth evacuation, social studies, research and ecological biodiversity conservation.

2.Social Micro Enterprises: promotes communitty based micro credits facilitation, entrepreneurship development and federation of self help groups and management as the sustainability of working together

3.Advocacy and lobbying: develop the local understanding capacity to stakeholders, fishers and fishing communities to advocate on policy development those favour the needs of people and absorbs their decision on policy formulation towards shared and benefits on resources and protection of resources- rich

In recent years, new economic growth, shifting population dynamics, and climate change have taken place so intensely and rapidly that the established adaptation mechanisms of the  people of the Lake Victoria Basin region are losing their efficacy. The result has been an increased risk of living in poverty and further marginalisation for the populations living in the basin.

In the light of the rapidly changing economic, social and environmental context discussed above, only innovative and sustainable adaptation strategies and methods can ensure a secure and improved lifestyle for the people of the Lake Victoria Basin region and their downstream beneficiaries. This Strategic Programme will provide the innovative livelihood options that are needed to enhance socio economic sustainability and to ensure that livelihood and poverty reduction issues are systematically integrated into SIDI’s activities.

The region’s people must be enabled and empowered to cope with, adapt to, and benefit from the changes they are experiencing so that they can enjoy enhanced livelihoods along with increased social and environmental security.

SIDI monitors and analyses the poverty situation and its main drivers, and helps to develop communitty based projects and policy-relevant information with a special emphasis on high value products and value chains, innovative livelihood options, and economic analysis. It promotes resilience to help alleviate poverty by providing sustainable livelihood options. Innovative rural income generation strategies are at the heart of adaptation strategies that allay the effects of socioeconomic and environmental change.

Bio gas energy promotion for social well being

Energy effecienty for equal opportunities

The energy sector development has remained in critical challenges ,predictable and unreliable conditions especially to vulnerable and the poor rural people, through this situation-the most vulnerable are the women and girls, in 2013, it was only 6.8% of rural dwellers whom were connected to power and the majorities have inability to get off electricity ;as they are staying away from the electricity power- grid and limited income to install alternative source of energy as solar power, bio gas tech etc,

The rural people have being isolated by the energy dealers because have limited resources to buy and manage the cost of alternative energy ,all above that; they face absence of reliable infrastructure to reach them easily, and this challenge has being pushing the women and girls into more defencelessness, extreme poverty and nakedness as the results of the poor policy formulation and lower investments in rural electrification

Involvement of the women in the organization set up and management it has been an issue of concern, as the current organization chairman for SIDI is the woman, while technical designer of the project is also the woman ,the action will contribute to increase women-led efforts ,technical capability to support their fellow women who isolated in rural areas to have clean, sufficient, affordable energy that is free from health challenges through acquisition of bio-gas energy that to be piloted at 5 households and furthermore

It will prioritize and sensitize women led households to trained and empowered to use bio gas, SIDI will contributes to build up social equality and equity in development issues by promoting capacity of women to manage and control resources for social development

Potential benefits to women and girls would be enhanced through expected project results, as actualization of bio gas digesters fittings in the 5 pilot households to help awareness raising, dissemination of the roles and importance of biogas technology to end elders killings and ensure that women and girls have smart energy that is free from smoky and remains with their clear eyes where as those with red eyes have being killings for witchcraft beliefs, girls will get much time to engages in schools and wear down school dropout while the women will boost their economic activities and promote social equality among the rural and urban societies, provides economic and technological opportunity to benefits the rural based community

Environmental Protection:

Environment compliance

As the LPG, Bio-gas is a mixture of 60% methane (CH 2) and 40% Carbon dioxide (CO2). It is non-volatile, but it can be a toxic gas for humans and animals, although the risk of endangerment may be low, we believe it is important to include mitigation measures to ensure human and animal health are protected highly, Principally ;it use common materials such as Plastic tanks, Pressure pipes, Gas valve, Metal pipes, Pressure gauges, Welding equipment –apply more bio waste as is the final disposal material that is go direct to nourish the land for improved farming activities after being used in the fermentation processes and it could contributes to improve farm based yield and support potentials of ecological sustainability chain

Furthermore; Land O’Lakes –Tanzania has identified the following relevant Government of Tanzania directives which approve lower side effects when using- bio gas digesters through the social economic benefits have been realized through the IGE project, that had been done in collaboration with SIDI and thus approved the gas to comply with the environmental compliance

2.National Policy and Energy guidelines

The Bio-gas digesters technology has been complied and suit to meet essential directives and policies as follows:

  • National Development Vision 2025
  • The National Strategy for Growth and Poverty Reduction
  • National Environmental Policy of 1998 and Rural Energy Act (8) of 2005
  • The Forest Policy of 1998
  • The Environmental Management Act of 2000 and Rural energy act 2005

Social Outreach

Through this collective efforts; The project will able to expand and enhance accessibility on bio mass renewable energy connectivity ;the social promotional will benefits wider communities through developing, maintaining and technical fitting and empowering the local technicians to manage the bio gas technology, this action will support and benefits the isolated households to be aware about bio mass technology and this action would be initialized to promote supply chain of material supplies   at affordable and competitive prices

This social efforts will met by all people in needy of energy crisis in targeted Sukuma communities that in turn will reduce high cost of buying energy cutting down about 75% , restoration of the ecological importance, redaction of trees falling ;also it will lessen the impact of the carbon emission through reduction of rampant use of firewood ,charcoal and kerosene, Furthermore-improvement of eyes health will reduce killings among the red-eyes elders

Gender and Environments

Developing gender equality policy in a shared benefits, access to education on bio mass energy technology, developing gender based plan and partnership in energy development are among the key issues geared to promote the role and priority of women to conserve nature; but also the project will ensure the women and girls have maximum benefits in sharing the opportunities to be created by the project-includes access to benefits of energy, new jobs, sustainable income, skills development and social ownership that considering the environment protection with gender focus approaches for sustainable development


Over all Objectives

  • Empowered communities, especially the poor youths and women, through enhanced livelihood options and the support of equitable institutional arrangements
  • Enhanced and diversified income opportunities for the people created by tested technical and institutional innovations those creates incomes and knowledge management
  • Improved well-being of the people in the basin through the establishment of efficient and equitable market linkages for agro- niche produces and linked services
  • More sustainable livelihoods, improved equity, and reduced poverty for the people facilitated by the promotion of evidence-based policy involved people and stakeholders

Bio gas project in Masailand

We has started fundraisng campaigne to benefits the Masai after observed worsen situation as follows-

SIDI has found social problems to affects the Masai pastoralists to be as follows
-High cost of energy is double than that costing from bio gas, it take hold of 45-50 % of  Masai pastoralists household’s  income -they buy expensive kerosene or diesel and firewood for  lighting their homes (bomas /manyattas)  
-Absence of alternative energy is not known to innovative investors to tape the existing energy thirsty and social need among the Masai pastoralists   
-Low awareness to Masai about profitable utilization of cow dung for getting alternative energy production and its wastes can improve farm yields to benefits the farm produce
-12 women found killed because of possessing red eyes that is the negative effects resulted by  cooking by three tier stoves that normally utilize smoky charcoal and fire woods
-Increasing poverty among women is being contributed by absence of sustainable energy as they spend time of women over 6 hours a day or 42 hours per week to find fossil energy and cause mismanagement of other social matters as care children, cook foods, care domestic animals etc
-School girls droop-out accounted by 36% and the villagers told us that girls are supposed to left schools for domestic purpose as to search firewood and water
-It observed that 4 in 5 households keeps cattle; but this value and resources are useless for social economic benefits includes cow dung that is the great raw materials in producing energy      
-Over 65% of women elders face chest and breathing diseases, and most of them have medical documents evidenced their problem have caused by smoky cooking over past years
-Only 0.2% of villagers have access to solar power energy facilities ,the rest use firewood for lighting and cooking that increasing costs of forest cuttings and ecological fragile, introduction of bio gas energy will cut down this challenge   
-Limited energy in public services delivery that affects quality services delivery includes health,schools,church etc;
-Public staff have being abandoned to work  in rural areas/Masai land due to absence of sustainable energy  to modernize and ease their life- few teachers, doctors, vet officers and police officers escape to work in isolated areas , social services delivery have remained poor in Masai land despite presence of modern infrastructure supported by the
government and development agencies        

Action Areas/Divisions


To support SIDI by making development grants ; please send direct to our Bank Account by Telegraphic Transfer:

Beneficiary: Sustainable Investments and Development Initiatives (SIDI)

Banker: Kenya Commercial Bank Tanzania Limited

Location: Mwanza, Tanzania

Branch: Mwanza

Account Number: 3300776899

Swift Code:KCBTZ