Until the late 1990's, historic buildings of Mikindani were gradually falling into disrepair. Trade Aid's vision was to restore the historic centre of Mikindani to help develop the local economy through tourism and commercial activity.
In 1996, the Old Boma, Mikindani, was a derelict ruin. With Trade Aid's help, it has been renovated and brought back into use and is now a charming, colonial-era hotel offering high quality accommodation. The Old Boma is now attracting more visitors to Mikindani, has created 35 new full-time jobs, and has become an important training ground for a wide variety of hospitality-industry skills. Moreover, local fishermen, farmers and artisans have benefited from its presence through new trading opportunities.
Trade Aid is currently restoring Livingstone House, a former German colonial residence to create a community learning and tourist information centre.
The old Bank House, the old Slave Market and the old Governor’s House have been identified as future restoration projects that will be started as and when resources become available. All are built of crushed coral with limed walls – an interesting restoration challenge.
Mikindani is a unique, historical site on the Southern Tanzanian coast. Trade Aid is working closely with the Tanzanian Department of Antiquities in its restoration work. The charity's objective is not only to preserve the town's important heritage, but also to alleviate poverty by rejuvenating the local economy on a sustainable basis.