Linda, who is in her early 30s, is married and living with her husband with a girl of one year old. She has been selling clothes (fabrics), cultural sandoes (a kind of shoes made by using animal skin), and other cultural wearings for four years now. She works from 7 AM to 6 PM daily and she is able to make a good monthly profit.
This will be her first loan from Tujijenge Tanzania, which she wants to use to increase her business stock to resell. Her dream is to one day be able to expand her business.
Linda will share this loan with her loan group "Umoja Kigogo," which totals 16 members who will hold each other accountable for paying back the 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.