A loan of $3,425 helped a member to buy more fabric and firewood to sell.

Mitema Group's story

Meet Amina M. and the Mitema Group. Amina is 47 years old, married and has four grown children. Her fifth child died giving birth last year, and Amina also cares for her three young grand-children who are 12 years, 3 years and 10 months old.

Amina runs a business going door-to-door selling traditional African fabrics called khanga and vitenge. In the late afternoons she also sells firewood at a small stand. Amina starts work around 11am, after taking care of her grandchildren. She works until about 6 pm each day and earns a profit of about 75000 TSH ($50) per month.

This is Amina's first loan from Tujijenge Tanzania. She will use it to buy additional khanga and vitenge for her fabric sales, and extra firewood for her stand. Any profit from this loan will go to support school-fees for her eldest grandchild, milk for the younger kids, and general household expenses.

Amina hopes that as her business grows she will be able to stop selling firewood and focus exclusively on fabric sales. She wants to buy a permanent shop for her business instead of selling door to door. She would also like to purchase fabrics from other countries in the region including Malawi and Zambia.

Amina is the Assistant Treasurer of the Mitema Group. The group's 17 members run a variety of businesses including selling fabrics, food, and chickens. The group's members hold each other accountable for paying back the loan.

In the picture, Amina is in the middle with her arm raised.

In this group: Amina, Asha, Stamili, Fatuma, Rose, Shamira, Amina, Fatuma, Amina, Rabia, Salma, Maria, Juma, Juma, Mohamed*, Stella, Bariki
*not pictured

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