A loan of $4,000 helped a member to buy dresses, kangas, shoes, pants, and other accessories to increase business stock.

Kaja Group's story

Mwasiti M. is 37 years old, married, and has three daughters, Diana (18), Miriam (16), and Amy (13).

Mwasiti has been a businesswoman since 1990 since she was just 18. She is in the clothing business, buying clothes in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and selling them in Arusha, a city eight hours north by bus. She says that Arusha has "bei mkubwa sana," or "very big prices," compared to Dar.

Mwasiti works from 8 am til 10 pm every day, making a monthly profit of about 300,000 TZS ($225). She uses her profit to care for her family, paying for school fees, food, and health care costs.

This is Mwasiti's fifth loan from Tujijenge, Tanzania. She has repaid all of her previous loans successfully, and wants to use this one to buy more dresses, kangas, shoes, pants, and other accessories to increase the variety of her goods.

She believes increasing the variety of the items she sells will help her business become more profitable.

In the photograph, Mwasiti is seated second from the right in the front row. She and all of her group members are from the Makumbusho area of Dar es Salaam.

Mwasiti will share this loan with the members of Kaja group. The group loan will help support the businesses of six photographers, three clothes sellers, a video shooter, two shop owners, two salon owners, a fish vendor, and one woman who sells radios and TVs.

The members of the group will hold each other accountable for paying back their loans.

In this group: Mwasiti, Daudi, Meshack, Warda, John, Petro, Msifuni, Fatuma, Rehema, Ally, Juma, Ester, Valery*, Ernest, Fatuma, Praygod
*not pictured

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