A loan of $2,925 helped a member producing and selling more charcoal.


Safari Group's story

Meet J. K. and the Safari Group. J. is 48 years old, married and has four daughters. J. has run a charcoal business for two years. Charcoal is important in Tanzania, because it is used for cooking in almost every home and restaurant. J. leaves Dar Es Salaam to travel to the countryside, where he spends 5-6 days making charcoal from trees that he harvests. He returns to the city with his product and sells it to wholesale and retail buyers. J. paid back his previous two loans from Tujijenge Tanzania, and will use this loan to expand his business. He wants to hire more laborers to help him produce the charcoal, which will allow him to organize up to 15 sacks per trip. He currently yields around ten sacks. This should increase his profit, which is currently 320,000 Tsh (around $228) per month. The extra profit will help J. support his children, and he hopes to reinvest and continue growing his business. J. is the president of the Safari Group. The name means "Journey" in Kiswahili. The group's members will hold each other accountable for repaying the loan. In the photo, J. is seated in the front row.

In this group: Juma, Teddy, Mariam, Dorgas, Mael, Suma, Batuli, Mfanyeje*, Grace, Ohima, Asha, Raida, Abbasi, Nerman, Neema, Hidaya, Agnes, Mafrida, Riapika
*not pictured



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