Residents of Kapanga Village in Tanganyika District, Katavi Region, have attested to the transformative impact of the district-wide charcoal trade, which has been funding various development projects. Tanganyika District is among those benefiting from environmental conservation efforts through charcoal trade, generating over 14 billion Tanzanian Shillings annually to implement projects such as health facilities and dispensaries.

During a visit to the village, Abdallah Gabona, a resident of Kapanga, spoke to Mwananchi Digital on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, highlighting how the proceeds from the charcoal trade have facilitated the realization of community projects. Gabona mentioned the expansion of the local primary school, which now boasts additional classrooms and desks funded by revenues from charcoal sales.

“With the revenue, we built two more classrooms, and desks were bought. The overcrowding issue is now resolved, and students can study comfortably,” Gabona remarked.

In addition to classroom construction, the funds have been allocated for the establishment of a village dispensary, with ongoing projects to improve water access. Mary Mwashiuya expressed satisfaction with the provision of clean water, emphasizing the importance of effective management by village leadership.

Earlier, while inspecting the construction of the dispensary funded by charcoal trade revenue, Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office (Union and Environment), Dr. Suleiman Jafo, praised Tanganyika District for its environmental stewardship, resulting in such financial gains.

“I am delighted to visit Kapanga Village, especially this dispensary built using proceeds from the charcoal trade. This is commendable and a prudent decision in utilizing available resources for community development. The dispensary addresses the challenge of long distances residents had to travel to access healthcare services,” stated Jafo.

Mwanamvua Mrindoko, the Regional Commissioner of Katavi, highlighted the positive impact of the charcoal trade on surrounding villages, noting the completion of various development projects aimed at alleviating community challenges.

“Our goal is to ensure that this trade directly benefits our citizens. We have initiated projects in healthcare, education, water, and more. In the future, we aim to maximize the direct benefits to our people,” Mrindoko affirmed.