A loan of $4,725 helped a member the group leader will purchase sugar, soap, flour and other items for her store.

Ford Group's story

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.

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
*not pictured

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