A loan of $1,900 helped a member to buy equipment and supplies for her barber shop and salon.

Igembe Group's story

Jambo (hello) from Tanzania! Judith M. is 28 years old and married. She and her husband have two daughters aged eight years and six months old. Judith owns a barber shop in the Tegeta community of Dar es Salaam and a beauty salon in Temeke, Dar es Salaam. She opened both of these businesses in 2005 after working for many years as a server at Steers, a local fast food restaurant. She says it was one of her proudest moments to finally be able to open her own business after saving for so long.

Judith received her first loan from Tujijenge in 2008. Since then she has taken four loans and has been able to hire two employees at the barber shop and two more at the salon. She splits her time between the two locations, bringing her six-month-old daughter to work with her and caring for her while carrying out her work duties.

While she was pregnant, Judith was worried about taking loans from Tujijenge because she was not able to work as much. Therefore, she did not receive a loan for the past two loan cycles. Now that she has given birth and is back to a regular work schedule, she is happy and excited to take another loan.

Judith hopes to use this loan to invest in more supplies for her barber shop and salon. She will purchase items such as hair tongs, scissors, combs, brushes, hair weave (hair extensions) and other hair products. She says she hopes to use any extra profits to pay her children's school fees and medical bills. Right now, Judith makes a profit of about 615 US Dollars per month. Her businesses are especially busy on Saturdays and Sundays, or when her customers need their hair done for weddings.

Judith will share this loan with the members of her group, Igembe. In the photo, Judith is sitting third from the left.

In this group: Judith, Neema, Marry, Lulu, Veronika, Bertha, Salehe*
*not pictured

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