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Mambo (Greetings) from Tanzania! This is 34-year-old Rukia R. from Mwanza. She is married with four children between the ages of 3 and 13 years old. Rukia has been running a tailoring business since 2005 making clothes for women. She works at the business for twelve hours per day, six days per week. She currently earns about $100 from her business.

Rukia is requesting a loan of $400 in order to purchase machines and to renovate her building. In the future, she plans to have her own house. Rukia 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 is allows clients to use the equipment as collateral for future loans with SELFINA, thus enabling them to borrow larger sums in the future.

About Tanzania

  • $1,900
    Average annual income
  • 19
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    Tanzania Loans Fundraising
  • $16,057,125
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,321.6
    Tanzania Shillings (TZS) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $400 helped Rukia to purchase machines and to renovate her building.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 26, 2009
May 12, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 15, 2009