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Ford Group
In this Group: Pili , Taba , Ngazija, Fikirini, Geradi, Halina, Rabia, Fatuna, Magdalena, Atuna, Mwajuma, Rhoda*, Tatu, Mariam, Maimuna, Tausi, Ashera , Mwanahamsi, Fatuma, Revania, Mwatona, Sauda, Asha , Farida, Zaituni, Shida
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Pili A. is the group leader of the Ford group. Two months ago, she opened a shop where she sells household necessities like sugar, flour, oil, salt, water, juice, and soap. These items are sold both retail and wholesale - wholesale moves her inventory faster, but the retail items help to add to her profit.

Before opening her duka (shop), Pili sold "madila" (long dresses and head coverings for Muslim women) door to door. She changed businesses when she grew tired of moving around and desired something more permanent.

This is her first loan with Tujijenge. Pili plans to purchase more inventory for the shop, so that she can expand sales. She currently is making about 350,000 Tanzanian Schillings (approx 270 USD) a month and hopes that this loan will help to increase her profits.

Pili is divorced and cares for three children - two boys, ages 19 and 14, and one girl, age 8. She is passionate about educating her children and also plans to someday build a house.

The Ford group consists of 26 members - 24 women and 2 men. They each have separate businesses - selling cosmetics, cereals, charcoal, fruit, shoes, clothes, fish, or food. Two members also have hair salons. The group members hold each other accountable for the repayments of their loans.

Additional Information

About Tujijenge Tanzania

This loan is administered by Tujijenge Tanzania, which was founded in 2006. It has operations in Dar es Salaam, the coastal region, and the Lake Victoria region. The organization aims to reach out to micro entrepreneurs and provide them with financial and social intermediation services because capital is one of the major barriers to development and success for micro-enterprise initiatives in Tanzania.

For more information on Tujijenge Tanzania, please visit its partner page, or join its lending team.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Tanzania

  • $1,900
    Average annual income
  • 19
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    Tanzania Loans Fundraising
  • $16,082,000
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,335.6
    Tanzania Shillings (TZS) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Ford Group's $4,725 loan helped a member the group leader will purchase sugar, soap, flour and other items for her store.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 30, 2009
May 5, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 15, 2009