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Project for Rural Initiative in Micro-Enterprise Development (PRIME) -- Tanzania

Operating in Tanzania from January 2001 through January 2006, the Project for Rural Initiative in Micro-Enterprise Development (PRIME) improved the enabling environment for enterprise development in the country’s Iringa, Mbeya, and Rukwa regions by increasing the commercial availability of productive technologies and improving market access for agricultural products in three key economic subsectors: irrigated horticulture, tree crops, and edible oils.  EWV’s interventions achieved strong, quantifiable results in each of three key economic subsectors playing a significant role in improving the livelihoods of all economic participants. Likewise, training and capacity building activities (including farmer group strengthening) implemented under the project have contributed to improvements in the manufacturing, retail, and farming subsectors.

Among its other impressive accomplishments, under PRIME EnterpriseWorks/VITA:

  • Established a total of 459 private tree nurseries
  • Planted more than 2.5 million trees
  • Helped project participants realize in excess of $13.2 million dollars of total monetary benefits (TMB)
  • Helped participating smallholder farmers achieve an average income increase of 209%
  • Helped to train 3,835 tree crop farmers