Chololo farmers have been learning how to turn animal skins into hard cash through vegetable tanning. In just four days a goat skin costing Tsh 3,500 ($2) can be turned into a beautiful piece of leather worth Tsh 25,000 ($15). Tanning a cow hide raises the value from Tsh 6,000 ($4) to Tsh 150,000 ($90). The first batch of 200 skins and hides is underway with SIDO (Small Industries Development Organisation) keen to buy the finished product for shoe and belt making industries. This represents a major new innovation, diversifying away from rain dependent agriculture and adding significant value to local produce, creating employment and boosting the off-farm rural economy.