Fatuma, who is in her early 60s, is a widow living with some of her relatives in her house. Fatuma had nine children, six of which died, and the remaining are adults and depend upon themselves. She has had two businesses: Genge business selling fruits and vegetables and bodaboda (motorcycle services), for three years now. She works from 9AM to 7PM daily and she is able to make a fair monthly profit.
This will be her first loan from Tujijenge Tanzania, which she wants to use to buy more fruits and vegetables to increase sales. Her dream is to one day be able to repair her house to look nice.
She will share this loan with her loan group "Upendo Kigogo," which totals 15 members. The members of the group 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.