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Ashura M.’s business is a flutter of flipping fins and flapping feathers! She owns a small fish farm and also raises chickens which she then kills, plucks, cleans, cuts and sells as meat at market. Ashura is married to husband Selemani with whom she has two children, Asha, 10 and Rahma, 8. She requires a loan of $775 to expand the chicken-raising/killing business and hopes that the vegetarians won’t boycott her loan application!

SELFINA is engaged in economic empowerment of women in Tanzania through a leasing and leaseback facility as a practical way to achieve economic and social emancipation of women.

SELFINA has taken a lead role as a pioneer of micro-credit in Tanzania through Micro Leasing. Customs and traditions in Tanzania normally make it difficult for women to own land and assets, thus they are termed not credit worthy by financial institutions as they lack tangible collateral assets. This leads to poor financial support, hence poor access to basic needs and services for women with low incomes.

SELFINA buys and leases equipment to women. Where a client needs working capital, SELFINA buys equipment from the said client, extending a loan to her, and then leases back the same equipment – a process called sale and leaseback arrangement.

About Tanzania

  • $1,900
    Average annual income
  • 46
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    Tanzania Loans Fundraising
  • $15,319,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,167.0
    Tanzania Shillings (TZS) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $775 helped Ashura to purchase additonal chicks for raising and sale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 26, 2007
Dec 12, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 15, 2009