By Azania Post Reporter
SMALL Scale entrepreneurs (SMEs) in Dar es Salaam region have requested Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO) to avail them with enough area that would enable to conduct their activities more smoothly.
Speaking during an event to donate working tools to artisans an entrepreneur identified as Pascal Ngasa said most of SMEs do not have permanent offices as they results they fail to move forward.
About 30 group of artisans received various tools which was donated by a UK based Tools For Self Reliance (TFSR) in collaboration with SIDO Dar es Salaam Regional Office in Tanzania
“We ask SIDO to avail us premises where we can conduct our business and access to market contrary to current situation where everyone is doing on his own,” said Ngasa who is a welder.
However, he thanked the organization for the supporting them with working tools that would enable to increase performance income.
“We thank them very much, these tools would help our group to conduct activities more thoroughly without borrowing from our friends”, he said.
He also asked the government to put conducive environment that would enable commercial banks to lower interest rates.
The current interest rates charged by most banks are exorbitant which makes most of growing SME fail to access them, he said.
Citing he said there are some banks which charge an interest rate of 5 percent per month which is very high and prohibit them to access loans.
Regarding market, he said SIDO should come with a system that would enable SMEs to sell their products abroad without unnecessary procedures.
“We ask this organization to help SMEs to sell our products abroad, since at the moment there are so many impediments which deter us from doing the business”, he said.
On his part, the acting manager of SIDO Dar es Salaam Regional Office, Baraka Kandonga, said already the organization has started to address some challenges facing SMEs.
Citing, he said SIDO in collaboration with TFSR has been supporting various SMEs to conduct their activities more easily.
TFSR has been donating various working tools for artisans free of charge, and we provide training and capacity building programmes to them, he said.
Explaining, he said SIDO has been issuing loans to entrepreneurs starting from 500,000/- to 6.5m/-
He urged artisans who attended training and received working tools to have a systematic way of doing their business besides respecting work contract.
He said SME plays a crucial role in development of economy and more emphasize should focus on how to support them.