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Total loan: $425

Melithe N.

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Mbeya, Mbeya, Tanzania / Food

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A loan helped To buy more vitenge and wool in bulk.

Melithe N.'s story

Mambo from Tanzania! This is 53-year-old Melithe M. from Mbeya, married with eight children between the ages of 12 and 34 and also responsible for supporting one dependent whose parents died of HIV. Melithe has been running a vitenge (sarong-like women’s garments) business since 2005, buying them wholesale and then retailing them. Working at the business for five to eight hours per day six days per week and assisted by her husband. Melithe currently earns about $200 each month from her business.

She is now requesting a loan of $425 in order to buy more vitenge and wool in bulk, and in the future plans to expand and add another business. Melithe thanks you for your support!

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 micro leasing is that it allows clients to use the equipment as collateral for future loans with SELFINA, thus enabling them to borrow larger sums in the future.