The villagers of Chaani in western Zanzibar are building modern flats to take the place of their old mud brick huts.
The villagers of Chaani in western Zanzibar are building modern flats to take the place of their old mud brick huts. This is part of the self-help policy that President Nyerere was introduced to solve Tanzania's economic problems.
Each day the Chaani villagers offer their services to build an East German designed block of flats. This is part of the Tanzania's policy of self-help, and the lack of electricity in the village is counteracted by the sweet of the villagers.
As machines cannot operate, all the work is done by hand-buckets of cement are passed by hand up the building, wooden beams are rolled across the freshly-laid cement to level it out. The villagers do have the benefit, however, of a truck lent by agricultural advisers from the Peoples Republic of China.
The policy of self-help is President Nyerere's answer to the economic problems of Tanzania. Tanzania is as big as Italy, West Germany and Belgium combined, but 95% of the population are subsistence farmers. Economic progress is possible only with a maximum amount of effort by the population at a minimum cost.