MAISHA Intervention in Tanzania
MAISHA is a social empowerment intervention designed to build healthy, violence-free relationships. Two trained female facilitators deliver 10 sessions to groups of about 20 women. The women attend these participatory, reflective and transformative sessions covering topics related to gender, power, violence and relationship skills over a 20-week period.
When MAISHA was delivered to women participating in established microfinance loan groups, it had an impact on physical intimate partner violence (IPV) over and above any impact realized through participating in loan groups alone. By contrast, MAISHA did not appear to have an impact on IPV when delivered to groups of women recruited from the neighbourhood rather than from established loan groups.
Programme at a Glance
Type of Intervention
Group-based social empowerment training
Women in established microfinance groups, women in newly-formed neighbourhood groups (not participating in microfinance)
Number of Participants
20 participants per group
Two trained female facilitators per group
Number of Sessions
10 sessions (a session every other week over 20 weeks)
Gender norms, gender roles, healthy and unhealthy relationships, power and control in relationships, negotiation, communication, violence, personal boundaries, nonviolent conflict resolution, empowering change