Ms. Abella Bateyunga (right) from the Tanzania Bora Initiative receives Advancing Youth grant for 209,057,674 TZ shillings. Ms. Bateyunga is accompanied, from left to right, by Mbeya Regional Commissioner, J. Chalamila; PO-RALG Minister, Selemani Jafo; USAID Mission Director, Andrew Karas; and USAID Private Sector and Youth Project Management Specialist Joyce Mndambi. (Photo: Courtesy of U.S Embassy).
USAID Mission Director, Andy Karas addresses a Feed the Future meeting in Mbeya on Wednesday. (Photo: Courtesy of U.S Embassy).
Mbeya, Tanzania - On May 29, 2019, the United States Government disbursed grants worth a total of $750,000 to nine institutions that support job creation, entrepreneurship, leadership, and healthy living among youth. The grants are supported by the Feed the Future Tanzania Advancing Youth activity, funded by the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and are expected to create 950 jobs for youth in 700 new or improved youth-led enterprises across the regions of Iringa, Mbeya, and Zanzibar.

The Mission Director for USAID, Andrew Karas, and Honorable Suleiman Jafo, the Minister for the President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG), presented the grants to the local institutions.

During his remarks, Mr. Karas noted that “Investing in youth leadership in Tanzania is a priority for USAID and the Government of Tanzania. Tanzania is a young country, and its population is expected to double in the next 25 to 30 years. Deliberate efforts are needed by the government, private sector, and communities to ensure that the energy, talents, and optimism of today’s youth, as well as the next generation, make Tanzania a place of promise and prosperity for all.”

The Advancing Youth activity encourages rural youth to engage in Tanzania’s agriculture sector and supports increased economic opportunities for young people aged 15–35 while promoting leadership and healthy lifestyles. Through its grants program, Feed the Future Tanzania Advancing Youth transforms challenges into opportunities for rural youth to drive and advance Tanzania’s economic growth.