Bomalang’ombe village (in short “Boma”) lies in Tanzania Southern Highlands, an extremely poor area. When CEFA (European Committee for Training and Agriculture) arrived in Boma, in far 1994, the village counted just 3.000 inhabitants. Today, thanks to several activities promoted by CEFA during years, the village grew so much to be be divided in two municipalities, Bomalang’ombe and Lyamko. Cefa succeeded in to create a place of immigrations in a rural area, hindering the urbanization process which causes many of the problems affecting developing countries.
The two villages together count nearly 12.000 people. Due to CEFA intervention were started an hydropower plant, an aqueduct, the main road, a cooperative producing juices, jams and sausages, a carpentry, besides all the activities in social sector such as the construction of two primary schools, a tailoring and a kindergarten.
In particular, the distribution of safe water to the population through 50 fountains drastically decreased infant mortality caused by dysentery. Furthermore, the generation of electric energy and its provision to 2.000 inhabitants produced an evolution in building criteria for houses (concrete floor, metallic roof, brick walls), a relevant improvement of life quality and the proliferation of new economic activities.
The new road connecting Boma with one of the main cities in southern Tanzania, Iringa, determined probably the strongest impact on the population. This infrastructure allows to public transports to reach Boma and through them the population can transport agro-products toward city market, supply the village in a fast and cheap way food, fertilizers, building materials, medicines, etc.
CEFA wants to continue its commitment in future focusing Kilolo District, helping other villages that suffer the same situation of under-development present in Bomalang’ombe before 1994.