Leather making adds value and increases incomes

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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.

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2 Responses to Leather making adds value and increases incomes

  1. Dr. Francis Njau says:

    It took just 14 days to train rural form four failure, standard seven and others who did not attend any formal education to transform less valuable raw skin to more valuable leather. This coasted just about 5,000 EURO. Why should we poor developing countries do this to transform our poor rural communities who are suffering from the drought while having a lot of animal skins.

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