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Angela
Mambo from Tanzania! Angela is a 44-year-old married woman with four children. Additionally, another family member is dependent on her. She owns a small Mama Lishe, or local café, that she started in 2005 and runs with two employees. When you see a SELFINA entrepreneur whose business title is ‘restaurant’ or ‘café’, you may have to adjust your mental image of what that is. A local restaurant or café in Tanzania usually consists of a rough wooden table and some long, wooden benches, with the sky as a ceiling. Such places don’t even appear in the Lonely Planet’s budget guide, but if you’re looking for a cheap and tasty meal, and someone to have a chat with, this is the place to be. The food is all local; rice, ugali (a hot sticky dough, made from maize flour), plantain (a cooked savoury banana), all served with beans, vegetables, meat, and a variety of yummy sauces.

Angela is requesting $US275 in order to purchase additional stocks of rice, cooking oil, and beans and to add more chairs for customer seating. In the future, she hopes to open another café, which would allow her to serve her delectable food to even more customers.

SELFINA has taken a lead role as a pioneer of micro-credit in Tanzania through Micro-Leasing. The organization is engaged in the economic empowerment of women in Tanzania through the provision of a leasing and leaseback microfinance facility as a practical way to achieve the economic and social emancipation of women. Customs and traditions in Tanzania normally make it difficult for women to own land and assets, thus they are termed non-creditworthy by financial institutions as they lack tangible collateral assets. This leads to poor financial support hence the poor access to basic needs and services for women with low incomes. When a client needs working capital to buy a specific item, SELFINA buys the equipment for said client and extends a loan to her. The same equipment is then leased back to the client so they can use it while in process of paying back their loan – a process called a sale and leaseback arrangement. Once the loan has been repaid, SELFINA transfers the ownership of the equipment to the client. The advantage of microleasing over traditional microfinance loans is that is allows clients to use the equipment as collateral for future loans with SELFINA, thus enabling them to borrow larger sums in the future.

About Tanzania

  • $1,700
    Average annual income
  • 9
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    Tanzania Loans Fundraising
  • $14,089,300
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,158.0
    Tanzania Shillings (TZS) = $1 USD