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SSBVC Gender Assessment Study: Research Brief

SSBVC Gender Assessment Study: Research Brief
MEDA’s Strengthening Small Business Value Chains (SSBVC) project aims to contribute to Tanzania’s economic growth and increase job creation by sustainably improving the business performance of women- and men-led small and growing businesses (SGBs), and women and men small entrepreneurs (SEs). The Gender Equality Assessment was carried out in the fourth year of the project to capture and measure gender equality (GE) impacts as a result of the project. Key findings and recommendations for SSBVC and the design of future market system development projects are included in this brief.

“Women Who Dared”: Tanzanian Women Entrepreneurs Photobook-Swahili

“Women Who Dared”: Tanzanian Women Entrepreneurs Photobook-Swahili
Eliminating barriers to equality and helping to create better economic opportunities for women and girls enables them to be powerful agents of change in their own lives and in society at large. Enclosed are stories that showcase Tanzanian women who dared to challenge traditional gender norms and become leaders in business and their communities.

“Women Who Dared”: Tanzanian Women Entrepreneurs Photobook-English

“Women Who Dared”: Tanzanian Women Entrepreneurs Photobook-English
Eliminating barriers to equality and helping to create better economic opportunities for women and girls enables them to be powerful agents of change in their own lives and in society at large. Enclosed are stories that showcase Tanzanian women who dared to challenge traditional gender norms and become leaders in business and their communities.

Lead Firm Profile - Ruaha Milling Company

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Lead Firm Profile - Ruaha Milling Company
Ruaha Milling Company Limited is located in Morogoro, Iringa region, and deals with buying, stocking and milling maize grains from small-scale farmers to produce fortified maize flour. To acquire maize grains Ruaha works closely with smallholder farmers through farmers organizations in order to increase their productivity and profitability. Ruaha Milling Company also works in sunflower oil processing, sunflower seed cake production and stocking and distribution of fertilizer.

Lead Firm Profile - Halisi Products Ltd.

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Lead Firm Profile - Halisi Products Ltd.
Halisi Products Ltd. is a manufacturer of numerous foods created from sourcing raw materials from suppliers (ie. farmers, distributors and warehouse owners) in the Arusha Corridor. Halisi is working with farmer groups and individual farmers who grow cereal and legumes as well as with beekeepers.

Lead Firm Profile - Glory General Supplies Ltd.

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Lead Firm Profile - Glory General Supplies Ltd.
Glory General Supplies Limited was established in 2010 in Dodoma region. Since its establishment, Glory has invested in various activities including livestock, forestry farming, timber production and transportation. Glory also has a large focus on sunflower production and extraction.

Lead Firm Profile - Mamboleo

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Lead Firm Profile - Mamboleo
Mamboleo Farm Limited is a rice processing plant which owns a 150-acre cultivated rice paddy farm. Mamboleo Farm Ltd. collects the harvested paddy (raw materials) from their farm and from local smallholder farmers through a well-established contract farming arrangement. Mamboleo Farms expects to reach 1000 smallholder farmers with support from the SSBVC project which will enable these small entrepreneurs (SEs) to improve their capacity in farming skills, utilization of equipment and increased access to reliable markets.

Lead Firm Profile - EPAM

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Lead Firm Profile - EPAM
EPAM is a Tanzanian enterprise that offers an array of services both on the national and international scale such as catering and cleaning, logistics, employee management, camp management, wholesale and retail services, shipment handling, real estate services and the general supply of goods.

The establishment of oil and gas drilling activities in Lindi and Mtwara regions has helped the company to rapidly expand their number of employees, customers, sales and investment. EPAM Stores’ vision is to become the leading service provider to various markets in Africa.

Lead Firm Profile - HomeVeg

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Lead Firm Profile - HomeVeg
HomeVeg is dedicated to achieving mutually beneficial contract farming with smallholder farmers located in Kilimanjaro, Arusha and Tanga regions. The company builds the capacity of these farmers to enable them to acquire good agriculture practices (GAP). The company also helps farmers to establish formalized groups and thereafter trains them on international exporting standards as required by the EU. HomeVeg ensures that its farmer groups are GLOBALGAP certified as a pre-requisite to sell their produce to the EU market. HomeVeg supervises all agronomic practices done by farmers, collects their produce, grades them and then exports to EU, mainly the Netherlands and Belgium (other potential markets are UK and Germany). The main produce grown by HomeVeg smallholders are snow peas, sugar snaps, and fine beans. Other potential products include leeks, baby carrots, passionfruit, runner beans, chilies and baby corn.

Lead Firm Profile - Natural Extracts Industries

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Lead Firm Profile - Natural Extracts Industries
NEI is a social enterprise company established in 2011 with a vision to accelerate economic development of smallholder farmers by adding value to local crops. This is achieved by manufacturing natural food extracts, which entails working across the end-to-end value chain of various crops, from cultivation, to post-harvest processing, to value-add flavour extraction and to market commercialization. Products produced currently include extracts from vanilla, orange, cacao, cinnamon and coffee; plus, gourmet-grade bourbon vanilla beans which are processed on-site. NEI works with over 1,200 vanilla farmers in the Kilimanjaro, Arusha, and Morogoro regions.

Lead Firms Explained

Lead Firms Explained
Global Affairs Canada (GAC) has expressed interest in better understanding the ‘Lead Firm-centric Value Chain Development’ (“LF-VCD”) method as reflected in the approved Proposals and Project Implementation Plans (PIPs) for newly launched projects in Kenya and Tanzania and how this approach differs from the value chain development approach GAC is accustomed to seeing in the projects it funds, including others implemented by MEDA. This is referred to herein as the ‘Small Entrepreneur-centric Value Chain Development’ (“SE-VCD”) method. This paper first identifies how MEDA defines the term ‘Lead Firm’ and then describes the differences between these two methods and the reasoning for preferring, at times, to apply one rather than the other.