Mariam M. N. is a married, Tanzanian, small-business woman with three school children. She runs a foodstuffs shop at Yombo Makangarawe ward in Dar es Salaam. She sells a variety of foodstuffs including maize flour, wheat flour, beans, sugar and cooking oil.
Mariam purchases her business goods from the wholesale shops and from the foodstuffs suppliers. She has been in the business for seven years and she needs a loan of Tsh 800,000 to buy more business goods.