Maswa District Council is among the six districts of the Simiyu region in Tanzania. In 2019, Maswa DC established a processing plant for orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (OFSP) to reduce malnutrition within the community. Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A and can help boost the immune system.
Through its Local Finance Initiative (LFI), UNCDF supported Maswa DC with a US$ 100,000 seed capital grant to cover the cost of connecting the factory to the national grid electricity, procuring high-capacity solar drying machines and working capital to operationalize the business.
Through the project, farmers can now sell their produce to the factory, enabling them to get money to support their families and meet their basic needs.