Our Savings and Loan Programme

We all crave financial independence and the women in Babati are no different. Trouble is when you have no assets to your name to offer as collateral to banks or other finance houses they are not going to give you a loan to invest in your own business. To a bank you are a faceless number and a high risk - the higher the risk the higher the interest rates. To LTT you are a person needing a helping hand so that you can improve your standard of living and overcome the challenges you face on a daily basis. You are still a risk, but one with a face and a support network.

Stall holders at Mandazi Corner

Stall holders at Mandazi Corner

So back in 2013, with the financial backing of a donor we consulted two communities (Sawe and Waangwaray) and eventually established a Community Loans Programme to which we later added a savings component. Loans are made to the group who collectively have to repay the loan on the agreed date. An individual may receive between £50 and £200 depending on how long they have been in the group. While the majority are women men are not excluded. The groups provide their members with business and enterprise training as well as access to loans at agreed interest rates, enabling community members to take full advantage of the opportunities they identify.

Shopkeeper increasing his stock variety

Shopkeeper increasing his stock variety

So far the loans have been invested in all sorts of ventures, including renting extra land for farming, buying better seeds, buying a dairy cow for milk production, buy and selling goats, setting up a catering business, adding new stock lines to existing shops. One shopkeeper now employs someone as a direct result of her success

New home next to old home

New home next to old home

For many of the group members the most significant effect of the programme has been the ability to increase their disposable income so that they can improve their homes, send their children to school ensure food on the table each day. At the last meeting one member excitedly explained that her daughter has just completed her certificate in Community Development, funded entirely from the profits from her business. Yay!!

As well as being able to run a profitable business the groups also create space for members to come together, sharing ideas and new insights and gaining courage form the support of their peers. This is particular important for those members who struggle with their business or face competing priorities when it comes to investment, not all business will make a profit every year which is why LTT commits to supporting the loans programme for a minimum number of years, enabling people to build up their business until they no longer need a loan from us. As the founder of the Sawe group said ‘the loans group brings “Unafuu”’ (a Swahili word meaning a sense of ease), creating space to learn from each other and exchange ideas’.

As well as accessing loans from LTT the programme also enables members to put savings contributions into the programme. These are then loaned out to the group and the interest generated through re-payment goes back to that person which of course increases the value of their savings. As the savings pot increases in size the loan pot from LTT can reduce, with the ultimate aim that the group can function on loans from its member’s savings, completely independently of LTT – Sustainability in action.


Green News


Sustainability is about ensuring that the needs of today’s generation are met without hampering the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Reduce or replace

Trees are chopped down for timber for building homes and for firewood to enable families to cook. But no trees are being planted to replace them. Therefore it is unsustainable. With your help we can plant more trees in the communities and teach people of their importance. 

By introducing fuel efficient stoves to schools and homes we are reducing the demand for fuelwood.

By collecting cow poo in a bio-digester we are able to generate methane which can be used to cook from and so replace fuelwood.

Solar power can also replace kerosene


If a person has enough imagination they can reuse most things.

Water bottles can be used for drip irrigation, air conditioning, lighting, toys or to hold a different type if liquid like soap or cooking oil

Cement bags can be used as grow bags for shopping bags

Tyres can be used for shoes, gardens, playground toys

Leftover food, grasses, leaves and other biodegradable matter can be used to create compost and help to improve the quality of the soil

Empty bottles of Coke, Fanta and Sprite etc. are returned to the factor for a few shillings

Christmas Appeal

In primary schools in Babati, northern Tanzania, where water is scare and soap costs money, children can't wash their hands as often as they should, before eating and after using the toilet. Many aren't properly aware of the dangers of dirty hands - they don't know that dirty toilets and poor hand washing are the main cause of diarrhoeal disease, which in Tanzania is still a leading cause of death in children under 5. 

We want to ensure that all the children in the schools where they work have access to basic hand washing facilities and soap, and that they are being taught why it is so important to wash their hands correctly and when they need to wash them. We all know that a good WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) programme can improve children's health, improve school attendance and enable even young children to participate as ‘agents of change’ for their siblings, their parents and the whole community.

If you want to help you can make a donation HERE

Thank you and Merry Christmas

Emily Kirby Tanzania Collection RAFFLE

The winners are:-

1st prize - Sarah Page -

2nd Prize - Bev Morel

3rd Prize - Wilf Odgers

4th Prize - Suki Bishop


Even if you can't make it to the show you can still be in with the chance of WINNING one of Emily's fantastic paintings! 

Enter the Tanzania Collection Raffle, for a chance to win one of the following prizes, 

1st prize Mama, an Emily Kirby Original  | 2nd prize Road Through Babati a print of one of Emily's original landscapes  | 3rd/4th A bottle of Matugga Rum  

Click HERE to buy your ticket, £5 each, once you've bought a ticket we will send you an email with your ticket number and enter your raffle ticket into the draw. 

Raffle tickets are on sale all this week, online as well as direct from LTT at the gallery, 

The draw will take place at the Menier Gallery at 4.00pm on Saturday 11th June 2016. 

Good luck and thank you for your support!  



Print of "Road Through Babati"

Print of "Road Through Babati"

The  Emily Kirby Tanzania Collection

7th to 11th June 2016

11.00am to 6.00pm on Tuesday-Friday and 11.00am to 4.30pm Saturday


Menier Gallery 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

just a few minutes walk from London Bridge Tube (Borough Market exit)

Award winning Zambian born Artist Emily Kirby, known for her vibrant use of colour and vivid portraiture will be exhibiting her bespoke collection of Tanzanian Art inspired by her visit to Babati and the development projects run by LTT

50% of all sales goes to LTT's work in Tanzania so please come along and enjoy the show

Please note that the above paintings are works in progress....

New Addition to the Managhat Family

We are delighted to announce the arrival of a new calf to Biogas project at the Managhat Primary School. This is our first calf there and has been met with great joy. What does it mean?

It means that the mother will be producing milk for the next 9-12 months which can be sold by the school to contribute to the day to day operational costs of the farm hands.  This is the beginning of the road to self sufficiency that we had been planning for with the school, the development and village committees. 

Of course the extra manure will contribute to increased biogas production for the school's cooking needs and the additional slurry will be added to the fields to improve crop yields.  

No day is the same

I was recently invited to a Primary school as part of their explain your job lesson. They had heard from accountants, teachers, lawyers, and so on and today was my day to try and explain what a day in my life is like in Tanzania. As no day is ever the same I collected together a series of images that show the diversity of the work and how beautiful the people are I get to work with. The volunteers are from St Dunstan's School, London. 

Self Sustaining Schools

LTT’s long term strategy for the schools we work with is to be able to walk away knowing that the schools and their community have the skills, resources and desire to maintain the buildings that have been renovated or built and care for the assets that have been provided in a sustainable way. To achieve this we have been working with Head Teachers, Teachers, Ward Education Officers, School Development Committees and Village Committees to develop a School Enterprise Training Programme that addresses the urgent need for students to learn transferable life skills relating to business whilst generating an income for the school which it can use to deal with planned maintenance.

The Enterprise Training Programme will focus on the resources and potential of each school – Waangwaray has its farm and we are adding a pilot chicken project; Sinai is planting drought resistant Cassava; Managhat is developing its market gardens and milk production. The students are involved in these projects learning hands on skills alongside accounting and sales knowledge. These projects all need start-up funding so the schools can become self-sustaining. 

Malangi News

After months of negotiation and grant applications work has progressed at Malangi. 

Two dangerous classrooms, a store and the head master office were demolished. The community dug the foundation for two new classrooms and a teachers office and provided the stones and bricks, while we provided the cement, metal poles, skilled labour, floor and roofing materials, doors, windows, glass and the fixtures and fittings. The roof's rafters are made from metal, which is a first for us and for a school in Manyara Region. We opted for this due to the serious termite problem within the school.  

Over 250 books, selected by the Head Teacher were delivered to the school to start the process of addressing the book imbalance.

Two teachers houses have been completed and teachers have moved in. Teachers houses are really important to rural schools. If teachers have poor accommodation they tend not to stay long as life becomes too much of a struggle. Providing homes keeps the teachers at the schools. 

Our efforts to drill for water at the school have not been successful despite drilling down to 150m. This is a great shame and will make some of our plans harder to achieve

Work starts soon on the next phase......

Planting for the future

The Managhat Primary school students of today are planting avocado trees for the students of tomorrow. The  trees were grown in our demonstration garden from fruit produced at the Waangwaray Trees that were planted 8 years ago.  An Avocado Tree is a gift that just keeps giving.  The fruit are highly nutritious providing a variety of different vitamins, irons, potassium, fiber and polyunsaturated fats (the good kind) 

Art with LTT


In October 2015 we were visited by the Zambian born Emily Kirby. She ran 3 workshops with students from the Waangwaray Primary school Kwaraa Secondary School for students with an interest and ability in art. With Emily's unique view of colours she challenged the students to portray their art in a different way using coloured paper and cloth. In another workshop we challenged the colours that nature has given animals, asking the students to capture different animals energy and spirit in colour. 

She also visited the different community projects we are running and met some of the people we work with to gain inspiration for an ART SHOW of Emily's work that we are planning for 2016. 

Fine Art

We are thrilled to bits to have Emily Kirby come out to Babati and work along side us for a week in October 2015 where she will be running some art workshops with a local artist and children from primary and secondary schools. She will also be gathering inspiration from our projects for an Exhibition in London to raise money for the Livingstone Tanzania Trust in May 2015.  Details coming soon. You can follow Emily's trip on her blog.....

BIOGAS - We are cooking on gas...

Dairy cows have been contributing waste to the 27m³ biogas chamber at Managhat Primary School for 6 months and a test on June 10th provided the FIRST gas for cooking. Further tests will be conducted, but LTT is proud to announce this first step, making this the first primary school in all Tanzania to have a biogas system enabling it to stop contributing to the growing deforestation problem in the wider community. 

With the financial support of dmg::events and other UK donors we were able to realize this ambitious concept and now the school has the beginning of a fully self-sustaining biogas system that provides the kitchen with methane, provides the school’s market garden with bio-slurry to improve soil fertility and increase yields and provides an income from the sale of cow’s milk that exceeds its running costs and can contribute to the school’s asset management programme.

Managhat Primary School, 1 of 32 primary schools in Babati, was struggling to maintain and improve the school’s assets because of low levels of government and community financial support. LTT’s philosophy is that schools can either be victims of their circumstances or participants in their development. We have been working in Babati since 2007, and with this forward thinking school since 2011, helping the community revitalize the school so that their children can get the education they desperately need to escape from poverty. In October 2013 LTT started discussions with the Babati Town Director and the School’s Development Committee on the importance of biogas as an alternative energy source to fuelwood. 

In Tanzania deforestation is caused by increased demand for fuelwood and timber due to population growth, town expansion and construction of infrastructure combined with poor farming practices, poor management of existing resources and a lack of available affordable alternative sources of energy. Babati Town alone grew by 59.5% between 2000 and 2012.

Forests are a vital part of the global ecosystem on which humanity depends. They store carbon, provide oxygen, house biodiversity and hold together the soil. Yet globally 1.5 million km² were cleared between 2000-2012, roughly the size of Mongolia, while in Tanzania 1.6m hectares of forest have been destroyed in just 9 years. This unsustainable pace, if left unchecked, will result in environmental degradation resulting in increased poverty and conflict. 


Name that Cow

The Bio-gas digester at Managhat is complete and now needs regular feeding. The digester is connected to the student toilets but needs additional waste to ensure sufficient gas is produced to ensure daily cooking.

4 female cows have been purchased to provide the waste and not one of them has a name. 

You can have the rare opportunity to name a cow

LTT are now auctioning off the naming rights to each cow. If you want to name a cow after a loved one, friend or otherwise, please email Julian by the 1st April 2015 with a name (single words only nothing rude!) and a pledge. The top 4 pledges will win.

Email address: julian@livingstonetanzaniatrust.com

The cows are not just there to provide waste, oh no, they are all pedigree cows that will provide between 10-14 litres of milk a day and their female off spring will be offered to the community to help fight poverty in our "Cow Pyramid Scheme"

Christmas Appeal Update

A massive THANK YOU for your kindness in supporting the school children about to start in Year 7, their final year of primary school. With their lanterns we hope they will be able to start harder at home and be more prepared for their exams in September. The students come come from Managhat, Waangwaray and Sinai, all of whom wish their gratitude to be known. We raised enough to buy all 180 lanterns, one for each student. 

Christmas Appeal

Solar Lanterns for Students

The majority of the students in the schools were we work live in homes with no electricity which by itself that is not a problem, but in addition all will have domestic chores to do when they get home from school. Once the chores are done the children need to settle down and do their homework, but usually it is already dark. In Grade 7, aged just 14, students sit their National Exams that determine whether their education can continue or finish. It is possibly the first stage where a young person can start on the path to escape poverty or be left behind to continue to live a life of hardship.

By providing Grade 7 students with small solar powered lanterns you will be able to enhance their home learning opportunities and improve their chances of getting good exam results that can help change their future forever.   

These Solar Aid D.Light S2 lanterns cost just £12, they are a robust and no nonsense solution to the problem. On a full day’s charge the lantern provides 4 hours of light, the in-built solar panel means that this light is simple to recharge as it can be left by the window when not in use. Also they are readily available in Tanzania

Bio-gas Progress

Biogas at Managhat

99% of households and institutions in Manyara Region use firewood to cook their meals. This firewood comes from unsustainable sources and is negatively impacting on the surrounding environmental. There are alternatives.... 

At the Managhat Primary school, we are building a biogas plant that will reduce by 90% or even eliminate the need for firewood so that the school does not contribute to further deforestation and utilises a sustainable renewable energy source. Thus demonstrating to the local authorities that action can be taken to reduce demand for firewood. At Waangwaray and Sinai the schools are developing their tree nurseries so that they can, within 5-8 years be totally self sufficient for their firewood needs.

Phase 1 saw a huge hole being been dug to accommodate the digester. Being at the end of the dry season this was hard graft in rock solid soil.  In addition construction started on a cow shed to accommodate 4 cows.

Phase 2 is near completion with the construction of the digester and its impressive dome, and the outlet chamber. 

Phase 3 will see the student toilets adjusted so that the human waste is guided into the digester. We are still fundraising for the cows to put into the shed. Their waste will manually added to the digester via the Inlet. This will help speed up the process and ensure that enough gas is produced to meet the needs of the chef.    

Phase 4 will see the kitchen where the school meals are made each day adjusted to install gas burners. The Cook will then receive training on how to control the flame as well as all the safety procedures. 

Phase 5 will be going live when the digester has started to produce gas.

Phase 6 will see bio-slurry being produced from the Outlet. This slurry is full of nutrients and safe to use on the soil. Land near the biogas and the cow shed will be fenced off and transformed into a thriving market garden growing food for the livestock as well as for sale.  The milk from the cows will also be sold. The profit from the income from the milk and vegetable sales will be used by the school to meet its own needs which will include contributions to the planned maintenance programme. 

Phase 7 will see the calves from the cow shed being loaned to the community to form the basis of a cow in the community pyramid scheme. In this scheme, the selected family must care for the calf and ensure it gets pregnant. The first 2 female calves must then be donated to the next on the list, male calves can be sold. Once this is achieved the family get to keep the cow. The family keeps all the milk. This type of dairy project is a fantastic way of assisting farmers increase their income and all them to escape from poverty. 

Autumn News - Education

It has been a very busy time out in Babati with many projects running at the same time. We are grateful to all of those who have donated to assist the schools and the community. 

Sinai Primary School

A team of teachers and students from Silcoates School, Wakefield, were accompanied by 2 team leaders from Inspire Worldwide. After 12 months of fund raising the team arrived and soon set about working tirelessly. A new library, part funded by them, had been built and they made the floor, plastered, limed and painted the walls, painted the tables, benches and designed the interior. It was finished by the time they left 10 days later. The old library was transformed into a special needs classroom so that the 6 students with special needs could at last have their own classroom and focus on learning uninterrupted.

In addition the team expanded the hardship garden by 200%, planted 16 banana trees, 9 pawpaw trees, onions and cassava. They also helped repair the overused fuel efficient stoves in the kitchen. While visiting Maisaka Primary School the students were upset to hear that some of the special needs students there were not receiving lunch and have agreed to provide funds to cover that cost for the year. 

LTT have also attached getting to 2 classrooms and installed a 5,000 litre water tank so that advantage can be take of the rains and the schools reliance of the pump and BAWASA (the national water supplier) the water board be reduced and the associated costs also reduced

Waangwaray Primary School

Community participation is so important to our work. If the community do not participate it means they don't want it. The delay in the construction of a second kindergarten was an example of this. But after 18 months of having over 100 children on one classroom, trying to learn the basics for school, the community saw the need for an additional classroom. With their bricks, stones and labour we built the new classrooms and now the students can gain the best foundation to their future education. 

We were also pleased that the school development committee allowed us to name the kindergarten the Jan James Kindergarten, after one of our early donors whose support of our work has been a huge encouragement. 

Managhat Primary School 

A team of students and teachers from Leighton Park School, Reading, were accompanied by 2 team leaders from Inspire Worldwide. In a school with water problems the team were challenged with the task of renovating an old classroom and transforming it into a library, as well as building a cow shed. The Cow shed is part of the bio-gas project and the waste from the co a vital element to its success. The Bio-gas will remove the schools need for firewood and help slow down the local deforestation. The bio-slurry will be used as organic fertilizer for the market garden. The cow shed also contains a home for the farm hand and the cows will provide the school with an income from the sale of milk which will cover the cost of the farm hand and provide funds for building maintenance. 

The market garden had 15 new banana trees added to it.

The team completely renovated a poor classroom, turning it into a beautiful library.

Guttering was connected to the buildings and the rain water can now be collected in out 1000,000 litre water tank. This will reduce the demand for pumped water and also provide a years round supply of water for the cows! 

News from London.......

The Livingstone Tanzania Trust has been given one (1) place at the London Marathon on 25th April 2015. 

If there are any super fit people who would like to run for us to raise money for our work, we would like to hear from you. Please click HERE to express and interest. 

We would ask that you fund raise for us, we would hope that you might raise in excess of £2,000