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Contacts

Marianna Balampama

country director
mbalampama@pactworld.org

Jacquelyn Stone

program manager
jstone@pactworld.org

Pact’s work in Tanzania focuses on improving the lives of orphans and vulnerable children, especially those affected by HIV and AIDS. With our unique integrated approach, our efforts are also strengthening families and local economies, institutions and organizations – impacts that will benefit Tanzania for generations to come.

Because the majority of Tanzania’s vulnerable children live in female-headed households, Pact employs our award-winning WORTH model, in which small groups of women save together and make low-interest loans to one another that help them launch or expand small businesses. With increased income – plus business and other training provided by Pact – women are better able to care for their children.

Pact is also improving access to health and HIV services for children and adolescents, including those who are hard to reach. We’ve built the capacity of local authorities and community organizations to manage services for vulnerable children and helped launch trained vulnerable-children committees and district child protection teams. 

In Tanzania's Songwe region, where poor hygiene and child malnutrition are especially rampant, Pact is working to reduce childhood stunting by addressing root causes. 

Pact also works with artisanal and small-scale gemstone miners in Tanzania, helping them to do their jobs more safely and to gain critical knowledge about rough gems that is empowering them to improve their position in the supply chain and their economic development opportunities.

Pact also has carried out substantial work to improve governance in Tanzania, empowering citizens and civil society organizations to work with political representatives toward transparency and accountability at the local and national levels. 

Stories and Highlights

With women miners, Pact & partners build an ethical gemstone supply chain from the ground up

June 5, 2019
When the Gemological Institute of America approached Pact’s Cristina Villegas in 2016 about piloting a rough gemstone guide for miners, Villegas immediately knew where to start. As director of Pact’s...

Stepping up for young women

April 24, 2019
In Tanzania, young women are particularly vulnerable to HIV. Working with partners Jhpiego, EngenderHealth and the National Institute for Medical Research Mwanza, Pact is helping to build a sustained...

From herbal medicine to antiretrovial therapy: An HIV-positive mother and baby get the care they need

February 8, 2019
By Lena Renju and Suleiman Masudi Fazila, a 31-year-old mother from Masasi, Tanzania, was pregnant with her fourth child when she learned she was HIV-positive. The revelation was almost too much for...

Through DREAMS, a vulnerable girl becomes empowered

December 6, 2018
She displays all the bearings of an ordinary 11-year-old. She goes to school, studies, plays with friends and returns home to her family every evening. But Shukuru lives in an HIV-affected household...

Unmasking Stunting

August 15, 2018
Stunting is hidden tragedy that affects children's ability to learn and grow, as well as communities' future development. In Tanzania's Songwe Region, Pact is addressing root causes of stunting in...

For a father and son in Tanzania, a new view on parenting brings family happiness

August 10, 2018
There was a time when Ally Bakary Kangana didn’t think it was important to spend time with his son. “I also believed all decisions must be made by parents, especially fathers,” recalls the 52-year-...

The importance of access: Empowering women through technology in Tanzania

June 26, 2018
For many of the more than 2.5 billion adults who lack access to financial institutions, there are few viable options to save. For the past 20 years, Pact has supported more than half a million women...
Young woman in Tanzania shows off her phone with the MyWORTH app.

Opening doors for young women in Tanzania

June 26, 2018
It is a hot mid-afternoon in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam. You wouldn’t know it looking at the young women gathered in the two-room block house in Temeke. Seated on blue plastic chairs, the women...

With new business skills, caregivers of vulnerable Tanzanian children provide for their families

May 21, 2018
Leila Mkere beams as she speaks. The 36-year-old is pleased with herself, and rightly so. She runs two successful businesses, selling charcoal and vegetables. The income goes a long way in providing...
A young woman in Tanzania opens the MyWORTH app.

Technology to provide leg-up to rural women

March 8, 2018
One of the key building blocks of resilience is financial stability. When a family member suddenly falls ill, having access to income, particularly savings, can make all the difference. But, for many...