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Mambo from Tanzania! This is 39-year-old Ruth M. P. from Dar es Salaam. She is married and has three children between the ages of 13 and 20. Ruth has been running a batiki business since 2004. Batick pieces are traditional African clothing which is mostly worn by women. They look good when they are painted with dye and many people like them. Ruth works at the business for 9-12 hours per day, 6 days per week. Ruth currently earns about US$318 from her business. She is requesting a loan in order to purchase cloth and dye for making batik. In the future, she plans to establish a new business. Ruth thanks you for your support!

SELFINA has taken a lead role as a pioneer of micro-credit in Tanzania through Micro-Leasing. The organization is engaged in the economic empowerment of women in Tanzania through the provision of a leasing and leaseback microfinance facility. Customs and traditions in Tanzania make it difficult for women to own land and assets, thus they are termed non-creditworthy by financial institutions. This leads to poor financial support and poor access to basic needs and services for women with low incomes. One of the primary advantages of microleasing is that is allows clients to use the equipment as collateral for future loans with SELFINA, thus enabling them to borrow larger sums in the future.

About Tanzania

  • $1,900
    Average annual income
  • 52
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    Tanzania Loans Fundraising
  • $15,319,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,332.5
    Tanzania Shillings (TZS) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $775 helped Ruth to purchase cloth and dye for making batik.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 30, 2009
Apr 16, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 10, 2010