Cooperation and rural small scale industries in Tanzania: a study of problems and prospects of communal village small scale industries in Kibaha district

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Univerasity of Dar es Salaam
Tanzania is administered at five levels, namely regional, district, divisional, ward and village levels. A ward usually administers three to six villages. Kibaha district is one of the ninety five (95) districts of Tanzania Mainland. Kibaha district has an area of 1630 square kilometres. Tanzania's three main trunk-roads namely Tanga to Dar es Salaam, Mwanza to Dar es Salaam and Iringa to Dar es Salaam which merge at Chalinze into the sixty mile road to Dar es Salaam, passes right across Kibaha District. (See map 2). It is generally accepted that Kibaha is one of the backward districts in Tanzania, especially so with regard to agricultural and industrial development as well as in the exploitation of physical resources and the development of human resources. This study attempts to examine rural small scale industrialization in Kibaha district. In so doing, the study examines the, production process in four woodworks industry and tailoring industry. Furthermore, the study takes cognizance of economic, educational and organisational aspects related to the promotion of cooperative small scale rural industries. The study was carred out in three villages of Kibaha, district, namely Mailimoja, Mwendapole and Mlandizi B. Within these villages, six industrial units were studied. These included three carpentry industries, two tailoring industries and one woodcarving industry. This study is divided into four chapters. In Chapter one, which is an introduction to the study, the researcher gives the theoretical framework of the study. This introductory Chapter includes the background to the problem, statement of the problem, the purpose of the study specific objectives; significance and the hypothesis of the study; techniques for collecting data and lastly the limitations of the study. Chapter two deals with the socio-economic and geo-political characteristics of Kibaha district. This Chapter has been included in this study because the socio- economic and geo-political features have a direct bearing on every day human activities including of course, the promotion and development of small scale industries. In chapter three, the researcher presents and makes an analysis of the findings. In the analysis the researcher gives a detailed discussion an the six industrial units. studied, especially with regard to production process; relations of production, development of productive forces; distribution pattern; and source of capital and basic materials. These are dealt with in line with the four hypotheses which the researcher formulated for this study. In the final chapter, chapter four, the researcher gives a summary of major findings and conclusions of the study a.s will as recommendations arising thereof.
Small business, Industries, Kibaha district, Tanzania
Magogo, P. (1979) Cooperation and rural small scale industries in Tanzania: a study of problems and prospects of communal village small scale industries in Kibaha district, Masters dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Available at