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Greetings from Mbeya, Tanzania! Anna K. is 33 years old. She is married and has two children, ages 5 and 9. She has two other dependents, who are her stepchildren.
In 2002, Anna established a tailoring business. Anna has already received and successfully repaid one loan from SELFINA, and now requests a new loan in order to buy more cloth for dress making.


SELFINA is engaged in economic empowerment of women in Tanzania through leasing and leaseback facility as a practical way to achieve the economic and social emancipation of women.

SELFINA has taken a lead role as a pioneer of micro-credit in Tanzania through micro-leasing. Customs and traditions in Tanzania normally make it difficult for women to own land and assets, thus they are termed not credit worthy by financial institutions as they lack tangible collateral assets. This leads to poor financial support hence poor access to basic needs and services for women with low incomes.

SELFINA buys and leases equipment to women. When a client needs working capital SELFINA buys equipment from said client, extending a loan to her, then leases back the same equipment – a process called a sale and leaseback arrangement.

About Tanzania

  • $1,900
    Average annual income
  • 14
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    Tanzania Loans Fundraising
  • $16,082,000
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,171.5
    Tanzania Shillings (TZS) = $1 USD