EFD aims at consolidating the rural society in its complicity to constantly play an active role for its betterment in changing overall socio-economic environment. EFD facilitates the formation and establishment of Income Generating groups and Community Based Organizations (CBOs). Also trains group leaders and other members and facilitates the communication of information between groups by organizing visits and training of these groups for sustainable group growth and strong maturity.
The above experiences for which EFD gained through implementations of integrated communities development project in rural areas of Singida region and Tanzania at large, resulting to the need to enhance integrated social economic intervention in which basic education, vocational skills training, and engagement of communities members to run their own microfinance for improved livelihood of the pro poor communities in rural areas.
EFD also aim to works on Community Managed Microfinance which is believed to be community owned initiatives toward sustainable livelihood of the rural poor, and has Participatory implementation mechanism (Own fund, local management and monitoring, bring sense of ownership). It is a Self-help process by community members, participatory in nature and highly Bottom-up approach. EFD ensure effective community participation in the whole or overall process during project implementation to address the challenges of extreme poverty by empowering rural poor communities to raise their income, through adoptive Income Generating Activities, within their local economy.
EFD also aim to work on Community Based Vocational training at community level. The aim is to increase access enrollment of rural youth in the involvement income generating activities such as agricultural activities, livestock keeping and bee keeping. Lack of skills on how they can add value in their product and how they can produce for more profit is a limiting factor to the improvement of their small enterprises established. Failure of youth to establish income generating activities expose them to immoral behavior such as using drugs, unsafe sexual relationship, robbery, pick pocketing and other which result to death and extremely poverty. Lack of outreach programmes to the present established vacation training centers had resulted to lack of skills to youth and women in rural areas and mostly this is due to lack of fund to support outreach programme.
The main challenges in Vocational Training includes Low income per capital to most youth due to lack of income generating skills due to fact that many student when they finish their standard seven class they don’t have any skills and their parent don’t have money which can be used to send them in public and private vocational center with higher costs and therefore denying youth access to Vocational training.
Low enrollment of girls and disabled people in formal vocational centers due to fact that most of courses which are taught are seems to fit male than women and this result to many vacation centers to be dominated by boys. Low government support in the community based vocational skills training had resulted to creating unskilled youth with lack of knowledge exposing them to more poverty vulnerability factors