Yoba for Life Tanzania
Yoba for Life Tanzania commenced its activities in 2016 through the Fermented Food for Life (FFFL) project.
Yoba for Life Tanzania assures that Yoba culture is accessible for producers in Tanzania. The Yoba Tanzania team trains, supports and coaches promising probiotic yoghurt producers with technical and business advice. Certified producers are linked to school markets. Hence, Yoba Tanzania creates wealth, especially for youth and women, and improves the health of local customers and rural communities.
Currently, Yoba for Life Tanzania supports 72 active producers scattered across the country. Yoba for Life Tanzania partners with Western Heads East (Canada) and the local NGO Mikono Yetu to support a large number of probiotic yoghurt kitchens in Lake Zone regions. Yoba for Life also partners with SNV Tanzania in Kilimanjaro region through its Income and Employment for women and youth Project (IEWY) in Hai and Siha districts, were three dairy cooperatives (Kalali women Dairy Cooperative, Marukeni women Dairy Cooperative and Ng’uni Dairy Cooperative) produce Yoba yoghurt. Finally, Yoba for Life Tanzania work closely with the local authorities through the Small Industries Development Organization (SIDO), and Tanzania Bureaus of standards (TBS).
Children are susceptible to common childhood diseases such as diarrhea, common cold and skin rashes. Besides, hungry children cannot learn because they cannot concentrate. Therefore, Yoba for Life Tanzania links certified local yoba producers to school feeding programs using the model of the successful pilot in Uganda. The program helps to expand the markets for local yoba producers, while at the same time contributing childhood development by avoiding hunger, increasing cognitive ability, and increasing enrollment and school attendance.
Contact our local representative Costantine Nchangwe for more information on where to purchase the probiotic yoghurt, start a yoghurt program in your school, or for support to become a producer.