Lindi women helped to acquire land for economic use


Over 40 women in Lindi rural district have been enabled to acquire land ownership rights following awareness on the 1999 Land Act No. 4 & 5 conducted by the Lindi Support Agency for Social Welfare (LISAWE) through funds from the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS).

It is said the acquired plots of land will now be used to facilitate the women’s access to loan facilities as a means of improving their welfare through entrepreneurship.

These achievements were made known in early October to participants of the FCS joint monitoring tour of projects in Lindi region, who among others, wanted to know more on the land rights project that primarily targets women, with an objective of ridding the latter of extreme poverty.

Explaining to participants of the joint monitoring tour - comprising of some FCS Board of Directors, the Management and representatives from the FCS Development Partners and the Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children - the executive secretary of LISAWE, Prisca Unga, said following their intervention – between 2012 and 2014 a total of 109 women were inspired to apply for land ownerships and 40 of them had acquired their land certificates.

“So what else have you done to help these women to transform their livelihoods through land ownership,” asked Zabdiel Kimambo from the Department of International Development (DFID).

In response, Ms. Prisca said: “We have always told the women that their possession of land certificates is a means to guarantee them access to loan facilities for their entrepreneurial goals. The message has sunk, but we are yet to establish the exact monetary figures accrued as a result of land ownership.”

Also, following awareness on land ownership targeting district council officials, the project has also inspired the construction of 4 new land registries in villages of Mkwajuni, Nyangao, Likwaya and Mputwa. Ms. Prisca says the registries have eventually become pivotal in the documentation of all land related matters, and hence ease the process of accountability on land ownership.