KIJANA JIAJIRI is a dedicated programme to promote entrepreneurship among under-served young Tanzanians and provide them with the practical support they need to get started and grow in business.

Overall Goal of the programme is to empower young Tanzanians to establish or enhance their businesses through which they can provide employment to themselves and others, create wealth and fight poverty.

More information about the project can be found on Kijana Jiajiri website.

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Background information 

VIA-Pathway to Work program is an IYF-initiative implemented in Tanzania and Mozambique, with funding from The MasterCard Foundation to deliver two components namely entrepreneurship and employability.

Programme Objectives – in both countries are:

  • To provide 30,000 economically disadvantaged youth living in urban areas with a holistic set of training interventions and wrap-around support services that will allow them to secure improved work opportunities through wage and/or self-employment in both the formal and informal economic sectors, in 5 years (2016-2020).
  • To invest in building the capacity of selected institutions in both countries to bring about systemic change within these institutions as well as the larger ecosystems of key stakeholders with which they operate in order to deliver high impact results for large numbers of disadvantaged youth over the long term.
  • To implement a robust learning agenda that identifies best practices and disseminates them widely.

For Tanzania, the programme is branded VIA-Jiandalie Ajira or simply VIA-JIA 

  • The entrepreneurship component is implemented by TECC and the employability component by the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA).
  • The objective of the TECC-implemented component is to reduce youth unemployment by providing practical support to young people to start or grow new businesses with high potential for creating jobs.
  • The target group is under-served young people aged between 18 and 24 years.
  • For the period 2016-2020, the programme will cover Mtwara, Dar es Salaam (including Pwani) and Dodoma.
  • During the period (2016-2020) each region will select 180 young people with entrepreneurial drive and provide them with the following:
    1. Training on Business and Entrepreneurship (using TECC        methodology) and Life Skills (using IYF Passport to Success methodology)
    2. Matching with the dedicated experienced business person to coach and assist the young business person for 12 months
    3. Linking with participating financial institutions for business loans.

Only serious young business persons will be linked to the participating FIs. The loans will be provided only after satisfying conditions for loans set by the financial institutions. TECC and its partners will not make decisions regarding who should get a loan or not. It is upon the young business persons to explain to the banks how will the business make profits and return loans with interest.

Jiandalie Ajira is the Kiswahili name for Pathways to work


Below is the summarised results of youth entrepreneurship programmes delivered using the TECC methodology (combining training, mentoring and access to loans). The summary is for Kijana Jiajiri pilot phase (2015-2016) supported by TLNG,  Kijana Jiajiri Scale-up phase (2017-18) supported by Shell and Equinor and Via: Jiandalie Ajira project (2016-2020) supported by Master Card foundation.  The results combined are from the Regions of Lindi, Mtwara, Dar es Salaam, Pwani and Dodoma.

Consolidated Results of TECC Youth Programme Interventions (2015-2018)