The Christian Council of Tanzania, through the Chaplaincy Office of the University of Dodoma, is helping students break the cycle of poverty.
Many Tanzanian students face delays in receiving approved loans from the National Loan Board that are notoriously ill-timed in terms of student needs at the start of the school year. A large proportion of students at the University of Dodoma come from the poorest parts of
Tanzania. Unable to obtain their loans in time to pay for registration, these students can miss many weeks of classes, compromising their academic future. Cash flow problems also prevent them from securing accommodation, buying textbooks and other materials, and feeding themselves.
The council has established a revolving fund that advances money to these students so they can begin classes on time. Loans are repaid once the National Loan Board releases funds.
To supplement the loan program, the council has also established a series of financial workshops that all applicants must attend before receiving funds. Many students have little or no experience in managing money and need help to take control of their personal finances. This is a life skill for students that will serve them well at school and beyond.
United Church overseas personnel the Rev. Tiina Cote, who works with the Christian Council of Tanzania chaplaincy program, says, “We are already seeing significant changes in spending behaviours and setting goals, even if the sums are very low.”
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