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Bridge2Aid is based in Mwanza, a large, sprawling city in the north of Tanzania, right on the shores of Lake Victoria.
- Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world, with many of its people living below the World Bank poverty line.
- A huge population explosion in recent years has meant the city’s resources are stretched to their limits.
- Many people do not have access to electricity or clean water, and squatter housing poses serious social and environmental problems.
Mwanza - the city at the heart of Bridge2Aid's work
Mwanza is a busy African city, and it is the most important port on Lake Victoria. It is connected to the country's commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, by rail.
It is a pleasant and scenic town with a bustling atmosphere, surrounded by areas of granite outcrops balanced precariously on top of each other.
It is a two hour drive from Mwanza to the Serengeti, one of Tanzania’s biggest tourist attractions.
Tanzania: Country Fact File
- Full name: United Republic of Tanzania
- Population: 38.4 million (UN, 2005)
- Capital: Dodoma (official), Dar es Salaam (commercial)
- Largest city: Dar es Salaam
- Area: 945,087 sq km (364,900 sq miles)
- Major languages: English, Swahili
- Major religions: Christianity, Islam
- Life expectancy: 46 years (men), 46 years (women) (UN)
- Monetary unit: 1 Tanzanian shilling = 100 cents
- Main exports: Sisal, cloves, coffee, cotton, cashew nuts, minerals, tobacco
- GNI per capita: US $340 (World Bank, 2006)
- Internet domain: .tz
- International dialling code: +255