About Isange

About Tanzania and Isange

The United Republic of Tanzania is a country in East Africa bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, and Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south. The country’s eastern borders lie on the Indian Ocean.

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Isange Location

tukuyu location

Location: Mbeya region, Rungwe District, Southern Highlands of Tanzania, major town Tukuyu

Environment: volcanic soil, cool climate, mountainous area, few major centres, mainly small villages

Health: every family is affected by AIDS, leaving the older generation looking after the very young

Economy: cash crop mainly tea, some coffee, and food crops such as corn, potatoes, beans, bananas, some dairy. All produced small scale and focus is on subsistence farming


Some statistics:

32% live below the poverty line

33% of households are headed by a female

17.4% of children U18 have either lost their father, mother or both

4.4% of households have electricity

38% of households own a radio

1% of households own a tv

59% of households use piped or protective water source

1.6% of households use flush toilet or ventilated pit latrine

61% of females and 78% males over 15 are literate

Primary education pupil-classroom ratio is 90

Population: (2002) 74.450 families, 145,611 males, 161,659 females

Source: Tanzania poverty and human development report 2005, prepared by the Research and Analysis Working Group (R & AWG) of the Poverty Monitoring System on behalf of the Government of Tanzania