ACCESS! Tanzania focused on localizing the women entrepreneurs in the sectors such as handicrafts, textiles and food processing. Although, the majority of the known exporters are found in the urban areas such as Dar es Salaam, emerging exporters from regions were not left behind as sometimes one finds exporters in the urban acting as intermediaries for those in the rural. Through ACCESS! phase I, followed by a complementary project by Proinvest, 160 women were promoted and enabled to break through to the international market.
Current 2011, ACCESS! phase II will come back to refresh those women targeted in the 1st phase with a better focus on their sectors and a thematic training to understand better their position on the international market. In the years, ACCESS! Tanzania has been integrated as one of SIDO-WED activities and is well known among the business community in Tanzania and specifically the SMEs on issues pertaining to accessing foreign markets. In the long term, ACCESS! Tanzania will have reached a sustainable programme for export capacity building with a strong focus on women entrepreneurs.
The Women Enterprise Development (SIDO/WED), ACCESS! focal point institution in Tanzania, is a leading business support organisation for Small and Medium Enterprises with offices over the 21 regions of Tanzania offering several services such as the entrepreneurship, technical and business management skills programme, technology and product development, women entrepreneurship development programme (WED), information on markets, new technologies and capacity building for associations, etc. Through the WED Programme initiated by SIDO and UNIDO, over 8,000 women entrepreneurs have received training and follow-up services. This and other reasons made WED/SIDO to be selected as hosts to the ACCESS! project. SIDO's get its support from the government and other donors, while other activities are self-financed.
For more information, please visit SIDO website
For more information about the ACCESS! programme in Tanzania, please contact our coordinator:
Ms. Mchomvu HAPPINESS - Women-Entrepreneurship Department (WED) Coordinator
The ACCESS! training team is ready to share their vast knowledge and expertise in enterprise development. Our team of trainers will help you through the key aspects of learning to do business internationally.
For more information, please contact ACCESS! team:
Amanyisye LUVANDA - Small Industries Development Organization
Donath OLOMI - University of Dar es Salaam Entrepreneurship Centre
Hamwel MEENA - Small Industries Development Organization SIDO
Janet MMARI - PACE International
Leons MTANA - Freelancer