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Mambo from Mbeya, Tanzania! This is 30 year-old Rachel S., who is married and has four children aged between 2 and 9. In 2005, Rachel established her poultry business and now requires a loan in order to purchase additional chicks, feed, and antibiotics. She thanks you for your support.

Raising kuku is a popular micro-business in Tanzania, especially amongst SELFINA clients. In fact, if you are a regular lender on, you may be tired of reading about kuku, which is Swahili for 'chickens.' Raising them for sale is popular for a number of reasons. Firstly, they require little start-up capital. You can start with one or two, and either add to them as you go, or wait for them to multiple naturally! Secondly, they require little space, so sometimes you can just let them run around in your garden or compound. Thirdly, while they are growing they produce eggs, which can either be sold to provide a supplementary source of income, or eaten to provide a supplementary source of protein. I’m sure there are hundreds of other reasons that raising kuku is so popular (maybe they are friendlier than other animals? Prettier?), but this is all time and space will allow.

About Tanzania

  • $1,900
    Average annual income
  • 86
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    Tanzania Loans Fundraising
  • $15,101,900
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,181.0
    Tanzania Shillings (TZS) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $425 helped Rachel to purchase additional chicks, feed, and antibiotics.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 10, 2008
May 26, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 15, 2009