Total loan: $425

Nikupokigwa M.

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Mbeya, Mbeya, Tanzania / Food

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Nikupokigwa M.'s story

Mambo from Tanzania! This is 30-year-old Nikupokigwa K. from Mbeya, widowed with two children between the ages of 7 and 10. Nikupokigwa has been running a local restaurant business known as “mama lishe” since 2005. This involves buying items such as rice, maize flour, salt, beans etc, and making food to sell to the people around the area. Working at the business for 9-12 hours per day, 7 days per week and assisted by her mother, Nikupokigwa currently earns about a $50 weekly profit.

She is requesting a loan of $425 in order to purchase more items in bulk. In the future, she plans to expand her business. Nikupokigwa thanks you for your support!

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.