Creating Sustainable Employment

Enterprise Tanzania

  • The Old Boma hotel is the centrepiece of our efforts to create a sustainable tourist industry in Mikindani.
  • Trade Aid operates a Small Business Scheme which offers a limited microcredit facility.
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The Old Boma Hotel

The Old Boma is now a hotel offering first class accommodation. There were two main charitable objectives behind turning the derelict Boma into a hotel:

1. To attract more visitors

Not only to Mikindani but also to southern Tanzania, a region that very few tourists ever see.

By encouraging tourists we hope to help improve the local economy and provide more employment for the local people. The hotel is the only one of its kind in Southern Tanzania, offering a level of accommodation that was previously unavailable in the region.

Further information on travelling to Mikindani and The Old Boma Hotel.

2. A training facility

The Old Boma provides training for the complete range of jobs that are found in the hospitality industry. Training is given for catering, reception work, bursary, staff management, restaurant, housekeeping roles, maintenance and gardening.

Over the years Trade Aid has provided hotel training for scores of local men and women, some of whom have gone on to work in and manage similar establishments in larger towns and cities and even overseas.

Competition to work at The Old Boma is fierce and successful candidates are proud to wear the uniform.

Enterprise Development Project

The Trade Aid team has worked with local individuals to help them develop business activities.

Trade Aid volunteers can offer business development insights invaluable to local traders. Help is given to develop business plans and evolve successful and profit making ventures.

To date, through providing loans and business advice, we have helped over one hundred groups covering a wide range of employment activities in Mikindani including fishing, basic agriculture, catering, shop keeping and furniture making.