LACK of entrepreneurial skills has contributed to failure of community income generating projects as loans received were spent on other unyielding undertakings.
The Minister for Community Development, Gender and Children Sophia Simba informed the House in Dodoma yesterday that from now on professionals in district councils will assist on provision of entrepreneurial skills to make sure that women receiving loans succeed in their projects.
Responding to a basic question by Rosweeter Faustin Kasikila (Special Seats - CCM), who asked as to when Rukwa women would benefit from funds allocated to Women Development Fund, the Minister said between 2006/07 and 2011/13 over 32m/- was issued to women groups in Rukwa Region before the new region, Katavi was established.
"Nkasi, Sumbawanga Municipal Council and Mpanda received funds. But each district council is required to contribute five per cent of the annual income for Women Development Fund as agreed," Simba explained.
She called upon fellow legislators who are members of the district council loans committee to work closely with community development officers to prepare workable strategies for good performance of the development fund and mobilize women to form groups to access loans.
Anne Kilango Malecela (Same - East - CCM) wanted to know the amount that reached village communities out of the 2bn/- set aside this financial year for Women Development Bank.
However, the Minister was explicit on the distribution/allocation of funds for the purpose saying that the coordination work accomplished at respective district councils focused on rural communities as well.