Improved Income Generation To Widows Community Through Coconut Thatch Making Project In Mfuru Village, Mkuranga District Tanzania

Charles, Anna (2016) Improved Income Generation To Widows Community Through Coconut Thatch Making Project In Mfuru Village, Mkuranga District Tanzania. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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This project Report is an outcome of the research study conducted and the project being implemented on improving widows’ community livelihood through coconut thatch making in Mfuru village, Mkuranga District - Coast Region. The Community Needs Assessment was carried by using participatory methodologies, the researcher opted for descriptive design research where as it involves participation of widows group to measure widows livelihood and their needs regarding their economic status, availability of resources and markets to sell products. A range of data collection methods and tools were used including household survey whereas 30 questionnaires were distributed to widows group, observation, FDG, and key informants interview where all aimed at gathering information in relation to the study objectives. SPSS version 16 and Microsoft excel spread sheet was used to analyze quantitative data and the data was presented using a range of statistical methods such as tables, pie charts, and bar charts. From the finding five major needs where identified and ranked and came out with one need to be implemented. Such as coconut thatch making, farming and livestock keeping, crop growing/selling, fruit selling and fire wood selling among this needs majority of widows (46.7%) chose coconut thatch making. However different reasons where mention which hinder the implementation of different needs chosen such as lack of sustainable market, low income, lack of enough capital, lack of knowledge and skills. The expected outcome of this project is improvement of widow’s livelihood through coconut thatch making project and increase access to market for thatch making based on the project goal, objectives and activities. Planned have been met with exception of mid and annual evaluation that will be done after six months of project implementation.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 330 Economics
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Centre for Economics and Community Economic Development
Depositing User: Mr Habibu Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 09:57
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2018 13:25

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