Chongera, who is in his early 50s, is married with four children who are still going to school. He has been a tailor for 10 years now. He works from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm daily and is able to make a small monthly profit.
This will be his 15th loan from Tujijenge Tanzania. He used the previous loans to start building his house, buy materials, and pay school fees and household expenses. He has paid back all his loans successfully. He wants a loan to buy more materials for dressmaking. His dream is to finish building his house.
Chongera will share this loan with his loan group "Tanzanite", which has a total of 14 members who will hold each other accountable for paying back this loan.
About Tujijenge Tanzania
This 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.
In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.
Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.