About Us

Welcome to TGT, get to know more about us, our history and  what we do

aboutusTanzania Gatsby Trust (TGT) is registered as a charitable Trust in Tanzania since 1992 under the Trustees’ Incorporation Ordinance, Cap 375. The Trust is registered both in Tanzania Mainland and in Zanzibar. TGT is a leading catalyst for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and farmer development through innovations that make markets work for the poor. The overall aim is wealth creation through supporting creation and growth of innovative Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs). TGT’s programme activities aim at empowering vulnerable groups and SMEs with entrepreneurial skills and opportunities within a variety of value chains.



TGT cares how results are achieved and will therefore adhere to the highest professional and ethical practices in all our activities as follows:

  • Teamwork, partnerships and collaboration: High performing teams containing appropriate diversity can achieve what individuals alone cannot.
  • Transparency and accountability: Transparency in all operations and accountability to all stakeholders (board, staff, clients, partners, Government).
  •  Community and client involvement: In seeking solutions, we believe in harnessing and nurturing Client and Community based innovative ideas.
  • Innovation: Success requires us to continually strive to produce breakthrough ideas that result in improved solutions to client
  • Mentoring and Leadership: We believe everyone has potential that can be unleashed for the good of society

TGTs Structure, Governance, Management and Staffing

TGT is a legally established organization in the mainland and in the Island (Zanzibar) with a good track record of successful implementation of projects/interventions with great impact in the society.  The Trust is compliant with all important laws and regulations.  TGT has a committed Board of Trustees with relevant committees in place, and a Board Policy which is diligently followed. TGT has a lean but highly committed and motivated management team for the day to day operations of the Trust .Among others; the Board maintains a refreshing policy, where Board members serve for limited periods.  TGT’s accounts are externally audited every year and have received clean reports all the years.

TGT Organizational Theory of Change

As a catalyst for SME and farmer development, TGT works in partnership with others to create vibrant and dynamic SME and agricultural sectors, moving towards TGT’s vision of an enterprising Tanzania in which prosperity is widely distributed. TGT’s programs work to create improved profitability and livelihood development for SMEs and farmers, particularly women and youth. Improved profitability and higher incomes in turn generates increased welfare for low-income Tanzanian households, both for the entrepreneurs/farmers that TGT works with, and also for the new workers they may employ and the businesses they support by increasing their purchases of inputs and capital. This helps develop the SME and agricultural sectors, creating a base for a vibrant private sector in Tanzania.

TGT aims to be a catalyst for SME and farmer development. As such, TGT maximizes its effectiveness by working through three channels: direct impact, influence, and leverage.
Impact: Thousands of small entrepreneurs and farmers every year are directly impacted by TGT’s programs.
Influence: TGT develops best practice through its programs, and promotes it using its networks within the Tanzanian private, public and non-profit sectors.
Leverage: TGT uses its leverage with other organizations to develop networks and forums which work together to tackle the problems facing SMEs and farmers. catalyst

TGT takes a holistic approach to enable SMEs and farmers in Tanzania to become more profitable. We believe that to grow their businesses, entrepreneurs and farmers need a combination of the appropriate skills, resources and ability. TGT’s programs contain an integral gender component.

Many of the programs target women specifically; and in all programs, gender awareness and sensitization workshops are a vital part of our approach to development. TGT believes that business development and women’s rights training work to increase standards of living and improve welfare – both independently of each other, and in a self-reinforcing virtuous cycle.

Good technical skills are required for efficient and high-quality production, as well as skills to standardize, brand and market their produce; organizational skills in finance, management, leadership, and business registration and formalization are needed to ensure organizations run efficiently and effectively.

Access to finance, work premises and good-quality are necessary to enable efficient and scaleable production; and access to more and higher-value markets enables entrepreneurs and farmers to increase production quantity, quality and range.

Self-belief and commitment to goals enables entrepreneurs and farmers to achieve the direction they need to grow their businesses; and gender-based personal, social and economic obstacles must often be removed before female entrepreneurs and farmers can achieve their full potential. Each of TGT’s programs approaches this challenge in a holistic manner, analysing what is most important for the entrepreneurs and farmers TGT works with.