A loan of $3,600 helped a member to buy more medicines, soaps and hair products to sell.

Dira Group's story

Flora M. is 30 years old. She is unmarried but has a daughter who is 12. Flora runs a "vipodozi", which means "pharmacy" in Kiswahili. Unlike some other pharmacies in Dar es Salaam, Flora also sells beauty care products like soap and shampoo along with regular medicines.

She opened her business last year, and keeps the store open from 8 am to 10 pm daily. Her profits vary by month, she says, but she estimates that her profits range from $225-$340 per month.

This is Flora's second loan from Tujijenge Tanzania. She used the first to increase the inventory at her business, and she paid the loan back successfully with no late payments. She hopes to use this loan to increase her stock of medicines, soaps, and hair products.

In the photo, Flora is sitting on the bench wearing a green dress. She and the members of her group, Dira, will hold each other accountable for paying back their loans.

In this group: Flora, Jema, Branka, Theresia*, Husna, Agustina*, Ladislaus, Living, Dickson, Jeni, Sophia, Loveness, Asha, Godfrey, Angela
*not pictured

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