In 2005, the shop burnt down due to an electrical short. After this tragedy, a loan was taken out to rebuild the shop and to restock its inventory. Fortunately, only the shop was burnt during the fire, although it is connected to the front of their home.
Mwanamtama lives with her husband and with six children – three of their own and three orphaned relatives. They have three other children as well, who have grown and are now independent. Their house assistant and shopkeeper, whom they pay about $18 a month each, also live with them. The husband works in a hotel.
In hopes of receiving a second loan, Mwanamtama would like to buy a refrigerator for the shop and to start selling wholesale eggs in a new location. She belongs to the group "Giraffe," which consists of 27 other members who keep each other accountable and insure one another in paying back their loans.
About Tujijenge TanzaniaThis loan is administered by Tujijenge Tanzania, which was founded in 2006. It has operations in Dar es Salaam, the coastal region, and the Lake Victoria region. The organization aims to reach out to micro entrepreneurs and provide them with financial and social intermediation services because capital is one of the major barriers to development and success for micro-enterprise initiatives in Tanzania.
For more information on Tujijenge Tanzania, please visit its partner page, or join its lending team.
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