Anza - Starting and Scaling Social Businesses
Who we are
Anza in Swahili means to “start” or “begin.” Anza exists to start and scale social businesses and to build a strong social entrepreneurship ecosystem within Tanzania. We know that social entrepreneurs can improve the lives of every low and middle income family in Tanzania, and our goal is to help them do their work better.
We have seen passionate social entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas fail. Their failure wasn’t due to flaws in their business model, but because Tanzania is a difficult place to start and grow a business. Tanzania lacks some of the key ingredients for successful business development: affordable capital, capacity building, and access to networks.
This results in low business growth, and high levels of vulnerable employment, and high youth unemployment. To keep up with new entrants to the job market, Tanzania needs to create 850,000 jobs a year (World Bank 2013).
People simply have to create their own opportunities to bring themselves and their communities out of poverty.
Even then, the problem is not done. Tanzania is facing many social and environmental challenges, with low access to clean, water, access to affordable healthcare, and access to sustainable power to name a few.
Social business is a proven model to address these challenges. We believe local entrepreneurs are in the ideal position to identify business solutions to the social, economic and environmental problems that they see in their own communities.
Anza exists to provide social entrepreneurs with capacity building training, 1:1 strategic consulting, mentoring, technical assistance, and low-cost financing they need to grow their businesses and employ others in their communities, and provide solutions to the social challenges in their own communities.