Kessi owns a small shop and has been a firewood seller in the Mikunguni neighborhood of Zanzibar for 9 months. She belongs to Wachewaseme Group loan. She currently earns an average monthly profit of US$ 90. Every day she works at her business for 14 hours. She is requesting her second loan from BRAC Tanzania so that she can buy more items for her shop and more firewood for re-sale. She is hoping that through this loan, her profit will increase and she will be able to grow her business, save money for future use, and pay school fees for her youngest child.
Kessi is 45 years old, divorced, and has four children: ages 28, 26, 24 and 9.