A loan of $3,900 helped a member to buy glasses and decorations.

Kimanga Group's story

Meet Dr. Marysia K. and the Kimanga Group. Marysia is 37 years old, married, and has a three-year-old daughter. Marysia studied to be a doctor, but before she started practicing medicine, she gave birth to her daughter who was premature. She decided to stay home and care for her baby. While at home, she decided to start her own catering business, which she did shortly after her daughter's birth.

With a small amount of money from her husband, Marysia began buying some catering supplies and offering her services for events such as weddings and kitchen parties. In 2009, her friend introduced her to Tujijenge Tanzania, and Marysia has now had three loans. With the previous loans, Marysia bought tablecloths and fabric for decorations, serving dishes, buffet tables, plates, a charcoal cooker, and a gas cooker. This has allowed her to grow her business, which now employs 8-10 staff. Profits vary depending on the number of events Marysia caters, but can be up to 3,000,000 Tsh per month (about $2100).

This is Marysia's first Motisha loan. A Motisha loan is a product offered by Tujijenge Tanzania that allows borrowers with good credit ratings to pay back their original loans faster and receive extra money before their original loan term has ended. Marysia has some big events coming up, and she will use this loan to buy extra drinking glasses and fabric for decorations. Marysia dreams of growing her business and if she makes a profit from this loan, she will save to buy a music system, and someday to make a trip to China to buy more catering and decoration supplies. Marysia also recently started working as a medical doctor during the week, and greatly enjoys her two different types of work.

Marysia is the President of the Kimanga Group. The 10 group members will hold each other accountable for repaying the loan. In the photo, Marysia is the middle of the back row, wearing a striped polo shirt.

In this group: Marysia, Jackline, Salma, Scholastica*, Imelda, Neema, Blandina, Frida, Aneth, Clementina
*not pictured

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