Tanzania Local Enterprise Development (T-LED)

Tanzania Local Enterprise Development (T-LED)

The five-year Tanzania Local Enterprise Development (T-LED) aims to create 2500 jobs through support to small businesses.

On Monday, 22 February, we will officially launch the T-LED project in Dar es-Salaam, Tanzania, alongside Global Affairs Canada, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Cuso International, SIDO, TWCC and TCCIA.

Map of regions in Tanzania where T-LED project located | VSO International

Making sure everyone can benefit from economic growth in Tanzania

Tanzania is seeing large amounts of foreign investment in its mining and commercial agriculture sectors, but even the most talented local entrepreneurs need enhanced market knowledge and support in order to enjoy a fair share of this growth. Female entrepreneurs face additional cultural and social barriers to growing their businesses independently

The T-LED project focuses on local entrepreneurs who head small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in order to:

  • Improve their knowledge of market opportunities and financing available
  • Support women’s ability to develop their businesses
  • Strengthen Tanzanian institutions to offer better, market-driven and gender-sensitive support to SMEs

Projected results

Over the course of five years (from launch in 2015) it is expected that across the Mwanza, Iringa, Lindi and Mtwara regions:

  • 2,500 new jobs are created by SMEs
  • The income of 1,600 supported SMEs (40% led by women) increases
  • SMEs will better understand business tools, technical inputs and financing opportunities available to them to grow their businesses
  • SMEs will have better access to market opportunities in target sectors
  • Institutional partners (SIDO, TWCC and TCCIA) suporting the growth and devlopment of SMEs and offer better quality services

Empowering entrepreneurs

Training in business, marketing, finance and IT will be offered to SMEs through innovation and enterprise centres established in the four target regions. Volunteers will provide the training, mentoring and support that will empower entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.

Access to technology and finance

T-LED will establish a technology innovation fund that SMEs can apply for through a competitive bidding process, for access to specific technology in growing their businesses. 

The project also facilitates linkages between SMEs and investors and financial institutions that are SME financing-focused and friendly.

Strengthening staff and partners

In order to strengthen the project and make it self-sustaining, it is crucial that our Tanzanian institutional partners are supported to strengthen their business development services, making them more market-responsive and gender-sensitive.

To this effect, volunteers will also work with partners in delivering training of trainers methodology in these services, particularly in financial management, business management and marketing, and monitoring and evaluation.   


T-LED is implemented in partnership with key Tanzanian institutions mandated with building the country’s SME sector: the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA), the Small Industry Development Organisation (SIDO), and the Tanzania Women Chamber of Commerce (TWCC).

The project is managed by VSO and CUSO International, and funded by the government of Canada through the Department of Global Affairs Canada (DGAC).

Professional volunteer recruitment

The T-LED project can only change the lives of entrepreneurs and thousands of their staff through the support of volunteers with specialist skills in business development.

Roles vary, but throughout the project VSO will be recruiting business management advisers, financial management advisers and marketing advisers.

View live volunteer vacancies to see these roles and more.


  • Local office: VSO Tanzania, Kahama Rd, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Telephone: +255 22 260 0053
  • Email: vsotanzania@vsoint.org

Funded by the government of Canada through the Department of Global Affairs Canada