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Mambo from Tanzania! This is Bibiana R., a 42-year-old woman from Mwanza. She is married and has two children, who are between the ages of 6 and 20 years old.

Bibiana R. has been operating a clothing sales business since 2001. In particular, she sells both women's and men's clothes to her loyal customer base. She works at her business 12 hours per day, 6 days per week. As a result, Bibiana is able to earn approximately $200 per month from her business. She is now requesting a loan in the amount of $425 in order to increase her stock of clothes for resale purposes. Bibiana thanks you for your support!

ABOUT SELFINA: SELFINA is engaged in the economic empowerment of women in Tanzania through the provision of a leasing and leaseback micro-finance facility. Customs and traditions in Tanzania normally make it difficult for women to own land and assets, thus they are not considered to be credit-worthy by financial institutions because they lack tangible assets that can serve as collateral. As such, low income women in Tanzania typically receive poor financial support and in turn only limited access to basic needs and services. Fortunately, SELFINA has been a pioneer of micro-credit in Tanzania through micro-leasing to achieve the economic and social emancipation of women in Tanzania. Simply put, SELFINA buys and leases equipment to women through an arrangement called a sale and leaseback transaction. More specifically, when a client needs working capital, SELFINA buys equipment from said client, extends a loan to her to facilitate the transaction, and then leases the equipment back to her. As such, one of the primary advantages of micro-leasing is that it allows clients to use their equipment as collateral for future loans with SELFINA, thus enabling them to borrow larger sums in the future.

About Tanzania

  • $1,900
    Average annual income
  • 68
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    Tanzania Loans Fundraising
  • $15,081,550
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,240.0
    Tanzania Shillings (TZS) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $425 helped Bibiana to expand her business by increasing her inventory of clothes.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 15, 2009
Dec 16, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 15, 2009