Poverty seems like an unexplainable phenomenon in Bashey village of Karatu District in northern Tanzania. With one planting season that lasts hardly three months per year, reliance on farming enterprises, and no local financial institutions, community members are simply out of work for the better part of the year, waiting for the next rainy season to make ends meet.
“This is the root cause of our misery here,” says the mother of five, Katarine Amsi (51), adding, “We have ideas, but it is very challenging to achieve them in these circumstances.” Household poverty and economic shocks contribute to a family’s decision to pull children, particularly girls, out of school and thus feeding into the cycle of poverty.
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