A loan of $575 helped to buy additional stock in bulk.


Esteria's story

Mambo from Kyela Mbeya, Tanzania! This is 40-year-old Esteria M.. She is not married but has been blessed with five children aged between 8 and 18 who live with her because they are orphans. In 1998, Esteria established her genge business. She now requires a loan in order to buy additional stock in bulk. She thanks you for your support.


The Swahili word for this type of outside shop, or stall, is genge. A genge is usually a very basic structure made of wood, with a tin roof, where the owner sells general items such as onions, tomatoes, chilli, oil, rice, and dried fish. It is the kind of place local people usually send their children running to fetch something when they are in the middle of cooking the evening meal and don’t have time to go all the way to the market to buy the missing ingredient.


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