Raleigh Tanzania works with a variety of partners to deliver a livelihoods programme for 18 to 35 year olds in rural Tanzania, where access to training and further education is very challenging. Volunteers will live and work in villages, delivering the Raleigh Entrepreneurship Course. Roughly 30 people in each village will graduate from the course, and many will be supported to access finance and set-up their own small enterprises. Raleigh uses a mixed livelihoods approach in recognition that young people in rural Tanzania must be resilient to market, seasonal and climate changes – so by completing the course they are equipped with the tools to diversify or scale-up as appropriate.

The training programme includes sessions on everything from idea generation, to market research, to Business Model Canvas, to finance. All volunteers are put through intensive training to prepare them to meet the learning requirements of the entrepreneurs.

This programme has proven to have very strong outcomes for the participants. In addition to the self-confidence, sense of achievement and pride gained from completing the course, many have reported increased income and ability to run their own enterprise(s) and improved livelihoods.

Helping to deliver sustainable jobs, skills and businesses for young people.


Young people often face difficulty accessing capital and credit, information and business networks. In rural areas, employment opportunities are often low skilled, low waged and unstable. They also depend heavily on natural resources and the environment, which will be increasingly exposed to climate related shocks. 


Our activities

Increasing the number of successful young business owners by:

  • Training young people in the skills they need to develop and act on viable business ideas

  • Building the confidence and motivation of budding young entrepreneurs

  • Increasing communities’ encouragement and support to young entrepreneurs

  • Helping entrepreneurs to access finance and mentoring support to start-up their businesses

  • Increase the number of young people in safe, dignified and fair employment

  • Working with training organisations to provide young people with the skills they need to get and excel in a job

  • Working with employers to improve working conditions and match job opportunities or apprenticeships with young people

  • Building the confidence of unemployed young people

  • Helping young people to access job information and mentoring support from their peers and local business owners 

Raleigh in action: Nicaragua and Tanzania

In Tanzania, Raleigh work with young entrepreneurs in rural communities to improve their livelihoods and gain further knowledge on running their businesses. As part of our Raleigh ICS programme, 625 young entrepreneurs from some of the poorest communities received support from volunteers over a six-month period to develop their business plans, access finance, link up with mentors and start running their businesses. Access to education is key to the empowerment of young people. In Tanzania, volunteers work to provide Early Childhood Development centres for rural communities, constructing pre-primary education facilities for up to 130 vulnerable children.


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