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Mt Usambala Group
In this Group: Fausta, Damasi, Halima*, Yohana, Imakulata, Hamisi, Hamisi, Gabriel, Neema, Esta, Emanuel, Sharifa*, Halima, Happy*, Monica, Josephine, Time, Time, Dorosela
* not pictured
Fausta M., age 39, is a widow with two children who are 9 and 15 years old respectively. She is "fundi sanifu" (different types of businesses) e.g. roof tiles, bricks and pots. She started this business in 2004. She works daily from 8 AM until 6 PM. She is able to earn a monthly profit of around $115.

This will be Fausta’s 7th loan from Tujijenge Tanzania. She used the previous loans to increase her business, finish roofing her house roof and pay school fees; the loan was paid back successfully. She hopes for a new loan to buy more materials for the business such as cement and steel rods.

Fausta will share this loan with her loan group Mt Usambara, which is composed of 19 members. The members of the group hold each other accountable in paying back their loans. In the picture, Fausta is 1st on the left front row in the black and white blouse.

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
  • 24
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    Tanzania Loans Fundraising
  • $16,200,775
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,314.0
    Tanzania Shillings (TZS) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Mt Usambala Group's $4,550 loan helped a member purchasing cement and steel rods.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 21, 2009
Oct 23, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 15, 2010