Dhaiso in Tanzania

Joshua Project has identified the Dhaiso only in Tanzania





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Dhaiso live in the lush, tropical foothills of the Usambara Mountains in the northeastern corner of Tanzania. Most are farmers and are able to grow a wide variety of foods and spices such as cocoa beans, coconut, cassava, black pepper, and cinnamon. All of the Dhaiso are followers of the Muslim religion.

The Dhaiso are small in number and live peacefully in close proximity to many other people groups. A number have intermarried with people of other languages. Due to this need for a language of wider communication, the Dhaiso are very fluent in Swahili, the national language and the language of trade along the coast. They use Swahili almost to the exclusion of Dhaiso, their mother tongue. In fact for many, Swahili is their mother tongue. This is all to say that the Dhaiso are in the process of losing their original language and much of the accompanying culture and traditions. Their unique cultural identity is being lost.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Dhaiso
People Name in Country Dhaiso
Population in Tanzania 7,700
World Population 7,700
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Daiso
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, East-Coastal
People Name General Dhaiso
Ethnic Code NAB57j
People ID 18897
Country Tanzania
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Tanga region, Muheza District, east Usambara Mountains north side base, Bwiti and Magati villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dhaiso Swahili
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Dhaiso Swahili
For Primary Language: Dhaiso

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
0.00 %
89.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
65.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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