Developing Small Scale Industries

In every country, Tanzania included, there are unfortunately many people who have been disadvantaged to sustainable rural community based on a number of factors like climate change, political situation, economic changes etc.

PDS Charitable Organization has established a program to address issues affecting the community to enhance sustainable living. We have been involved in entrepreneurship trainings and small sustainable businesses to produce some handmade products. 

The Volunteers help to the development of these Small Sustainable Businesses, which concern mainly women and youth. They can help either for all the steps (from beginning to end) or for only one step, depending on the duration of their stay and their skills.



Production Process: Train, teach and/or join local community members in the production process of a variety of items and other women’s programs… Read more
Marketing and Microfinance Lessons: Help the community to promote and advertise their new born businesses. The participants of this program will have the opportunity to provide …Read more
Computer lessons: Teach computer science to the local participants of the program and/or bring equipment to help the community to manage its small scale industries.
Quality Control: Give trainings in quality control to help the community to have good quality products.
Partnership: In order to make sustainable project, PDS will appreciate if individuals and organizations partner with us for the implementation of this program. The volunteers are encouraged to help us in finding partners.
Visits of small businesses: Visit small businesses owners graduated from PDS and advise them on what they can improve. Note: Volunteers can even work with them and help them to develop their business.

Advantages Of The Program


Village Tour: Discover the community life and meet with the locals.
Zanzibar Food Tasting: Taste more than 15 types of Zanzibar food!
Visits: Discover the historical places of Zanzibar.
Swahili lessons: Learn Swahili language.
Visit of the local markets: Discover the life of the local markets by day and by night!
Cooking Lessons: Learn how to cook Zanzibar food.

PDS’ Recommendations

Volunteers are encouraged to suggest or teach new ideas of small sustainable businesses. For example, we want to initiate paper bag making, leather belt, small toys, shoes, paper, Bakeries and so on, but we don’t have knowledge.

Flexibility is required for extra activities related to the theme.

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Language Requirements

Official languages of the program are English and Swahili. You do not need to be fluent.

English : intermediate
Swahili : intermediate

Who can participate?

People from 18 years old to 70 years old. 

Note: Younger Participants can be accepted if they are accompanied by their parents or an authorized guardian(s).

Families, groups, seniors, couples and participants with disabilities are encouraged to join the program. 

However, they should contact us in advance in order to prepare an appropriate environment that fit their special needs.

Working Hours

Monday-Friday | 6 hours/day.

The program is organized in a way that provides an opportunity for participants to use their free time by enjoying what the region offers in terms of cultural and natural attractions. Participants will have an opportunity to explore Zanzibar historical, natural and cultural sites. It includes museums, local markets, beaches, forests and so on… PDS team provides different tours for the volunteers who want to discover the beauty of Zanzibar.


1 week minimum and 6 months maximum. 
Participants are expected to arrive on time and stay up to the end of the program


Need 2 Google maps because there are 2 locations
  • 30-45 minutes from Stonetown.
  • 5 minutes from the beach.
  • Closest Airport: Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ), Stonetown, Zanzibar
  • 30-45 minutes from ChakeChake.
  • 5 minutes from the beach.
  • Closest Airport: Pemba Airport (PMA), Chake-Chake, Zanzibar
  • Closest Seaport : Mkoani


US$ 8/day | 6,7 €/day

 Included Services

PDS is a charitable organization which empowers local people living in the rural areas of Zanzibar by providing skills and additional education.