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Dar West Group
In this Group: Protas, Mwanahamis, Flora, Magreth, Kisigera, Yohana, Mariamu, Salehe, Abbas, Mariamu, Anna, Zainabu, Bithara, Moris*, Lydia
* not pictured
Mambo (greetings) from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania! This is Protas Y., 25 years old and married with two daughters aged four years and 8 months.

Protas sells charcoal in the Tabata Mtemba area of Dar es Salaam. He has been in the "mkaa" ("charcoal" in Kiswahili) business for three years. He sells charcoal every day from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. making a monthly profit of about 100,000 Tanzanian shillings (approximately 75 USD).

This will be Protas' second loan from Tujijenge. The first he used to buy household items like cupboards and a radio with a CD player. He hopes to use this loan to increase his stock of charcoal.

In the photo, Protas is first on the right wearing a light blue shirt and is shown with the other members of the Dar West loan group. Five of the group members also sell charcoal, while the others run various businesses that include a cafe, a butcher shop, a tailoring shop, a clothing stand, a poultry farm, and a french-fry stand.

The members of Dar West are thankful for your support!

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
  • 27
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    Tanzania Loans Fundraising
  • $16,172,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,323.0
    Tanzania Shillings (TZS) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Dar West Group's $4,175 loan helped a member to buy more charcoal to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 24, 2009
Jan 1, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 15, 2010