Dalini A., 26 years old, is from Dar es Salaam. She is divorced and has two children, 5 and 8 years old. Additionally, she is responsible for supporting another child. Dalini has been running a snack stand since last year. She sells items such as soda, water, and chipisi (French fries) on the side of the road.
Dalini works 9 to 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. She now needs a loan of US$250 in order to expand her business. Dalini is thankful to everyone for supporting her.
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. Customs and traditions in Tanzania make it difficult for women to own land and assets, thus they are termed non-creditworthy by financial institutions. This leads to poor financial support and poor access to basic needs and services for women with low incomes. One of the primary advantages of microleasing 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.