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Zainabu
Mambo from Kyela Mbeya, Tanzania! This is 30-year-old Zainabu M.. She is not married, and has 3 blessed children ages 2, 5 and 10. She has 3 dependents who live with her because they are street children. In 1993, Zainabu established her rice-selling business. She now requires a loan in order to buy more stock in bulk. She thanks you for your support.


SELFINA is engaged in economic empowerment of women in Tanzania through leasing and leaseback facilitation as a practical way to achieve the 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-creditworthy 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 said client, extending a loan to her, then leasing back the same equipmentā€”a process called a sale and leaseback arrangement.

About Tanzania

  • $1,700
    Average annual income
  • 34
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    Tanzania Loans Fundraising
  • $14,511,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,228.0
    Tanzania Shillings (TZS) = $1 USD