Kachchi in Tanzania

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

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.

Scripture Prayers for the Kachchi in Tanzania.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kachchi
People Name in Country Kachchi
Pronunciation KAH-chee
Alternate Names Cutchi Indian; Kachchhi; Kohli; Parkari
Population this Country 77,000
Population all Countries 174,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
People ID 17128
ROP3 Code 112475
ROP25 Code 309233
ROP25 Name Cutch (Kachhi)
Country Tanzania
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Tanzania
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Kachchi in Tanzania
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
79.00 %
20.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Kacchi (77,000 speakers)
Language Code kfr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Kacchi (77,000 speakers)
Language Code kfr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kacchi

Primary Language:  Kacchi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2013)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2010-2013)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
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Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kacchi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Photo Source Nevil Zaveri - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group location: BWPC and IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.

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