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Ustawi Group
In this Group: Asteria, Evidence, Agnessy, Mwajuma, Wema
Asteria is in her mid-thirties and married with four children; three of them are in school, while the youngest stays home. She has been a tailor since 1994. She works from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily and is able to make a good monthly profit.

This will be Asteria’s tenth loan from Tujijenge Tanzania; she successfully paid off the prior loans. She used the previous loans to buy two specialized sewing machines and material for making dresses and suits. She used her profits to pay school fees, cover household expenses and start building her house.

Asteria is applying for 4,390,000 TZS to be apportioned among her loan group members (the five will hold each other accountable for paying back the loan). With her portion she will buy more material to make dresses and suits and to start selling fabric, sarongs and shoes. Her goal is to finish building her house.

Additional Information

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.

For more information on Tujijenge Tanzania, please visit its partner page, or join its lending team.

This is a Group Loan

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.

About Tanzania

  • $1,900
    Average annual income
  • 42
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    Tanzania Loans Fundraising
  • $14,902,975
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,585.5
    Tanzania Shillings (TZS) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Ustawi Group's $2,775 loan helped a member buy more material to make dresses and suits and to start selling fabric, sarongs and shoes.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 24, 2013
Jan 2, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 17, 2014