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Allsopp on location in Tanzania

Kirstie Allsopp has revealed her shock after visiting properties in the slums of Tanzania for Comic Relief.

The Location Location Location presenter visited the Tanzania Gatsby Trust (TGT), a project supported by money raised through Red Nose Day, which helps women start new businesses so they can generate their own income to help lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

Kirstie said: "I see all sorts of properties when I'm helping families look for the perfect home in the UK. In Tanzania, the wish list is shockingly different, with the simplest of things - running water, electricity, even a solid roof - as their priorities.

"TGT is doing an absolutely fantastic job of helping women to make their wish lists a reality in so many ways. Starting their own businesses means they can create safe environments for their children to thrive, they can feed them well and, most importantly for many mothers, they can now send their children to school. The project really is changing their lives, so they can save their lives."

During her trip, Kirstie met a group of women who have all been helped through small loans enabling them to either learn a trade or start a small business. Securing a regular income means they can now feed, clothe and send their children to school.

The 42-year-old TV presenter said: "As a mother, I can't imagine what it must feel like to have absolutely no idea where your child's next meal is coming from, yet for millions of mothers, like the women I met in Tanzania, it's a worry that never goes away. Seeing how money raised from this year's Red Nose Day, is helping women who once struggled to survive in some of Africa's biggest slums, become proud homeowners and entrepreneurs, has been completely overwhelming."

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