KIMWAM Kikundi Mwavuli Mtwara, in English Mtwara People's Umbrella Organisation, is an NGO that was established in 1994 by 14 grass roots groups mainly working with fishing and protection of the marine environment. KIMWAM is active in Mtwara and Lindi regions in southern Tanzania. KIMWAM is working to increase environmental awareness in the local population of the region. It is mainly working to help villagers to organise themselves in groups and with supplementary livelihoods (fishing, crops and fish farming, and animal rearing). Through microcredits, it has helped former fishermen to find alternative ways to support themselves, such as farming, animal rearing (goats, chickens and cows) and trade. It is working to protect the marine environment, e.g. by replanting mangrove, strengthening Beach Management Units (BMUs) while to protect the surrounding environment it has provided fishermen with access to nets with larger mesh and better boats.