Kachchi in Tanzania

Map Source:  People Group location: BWPC and IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Kachchi
Country: Tanzania
10/40 Window: No
Population: 75,000
World Population: 169,000
Primary Language: Kacchi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 1.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.10 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

During the days of the British Empire, many peoples from what is now India and Pakistan went to other parts of the empire, sometimes as common laborers, and other times as small-time businessmen. That included the Kachchi peoples from southern Gujarat. There are many communities among the Kachchis, both Muslim and Hindu. Among the most well-known among the Muslims are the Memons. Many migrated to African countries like Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi and now live in the main cities and along important trade routes. In the colonial era their presence in the business community went unnoticed at first. As long as their endeavors remained small, they posed no threat to colonial enterprises in the 1800s. But as these enterprises grew, colonial attitudes shifted. The Kachchis had become a power to recon with, and they were instrumental in speeding independence movements both in South Asia and Africa.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Although living conditions in the African countries vary, the Kachchis who have emigrated are usually from the higher, wealthier communities and have maintained several aspects of their own culture. Many of them work as masons and merchants. Others own small, family run shops. Like other wealthier South Asian peoples, the Kachchis are sometimes the objects of resentment among the local Africans. In Malawi, Kenya and Tanzania, they speak Kachchi at home. They learn English in schools and use it as a trade language.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Kachchis in Africa are Sunni Muslim, but in Tanzania they are usually Hindu.

What Are Their Needs?

All who do not make Jesus Christ lord in their lives have a spiritual void that needs to be filled. The Kachchis have this unfulfilled need. There is a large Christian community in Tanzania that can go to them.

Prayer Points

Pray for spiritual discernment and hunger that will lead Kachchi people to Jesus Christ, the only Savior. Pray for loving ambassadors of Christ to go to the Kachchi and be there for them as friends and neighbors, all the while pointing the way to the empty grave. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Kachchis in Tanzania.

Text Source:   Joshua Project