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Mambo from Mbeya, Tanzania! This is 29 year-old Joyce K., who is married and has four children aged between 1 and 9. In 2007, Joyce established her poultry business. Working seven days a week, 9 to 12 hours a day, she earns about $110 every month from this business. Joyce now requires a loan to purchase additional chicks, feed, and antibiotics, and she hopes that this loan will enable her to increase her monthly profits by approximately $43. In the future, Joyce plans to increase the quantity and range of her stock. She thanks you for your support.

Raising kuku is a popular micro-business in Tanzania, especially amongst SELFINA clients. In fact, if you are a regular lender on, you may be tired of reading about ‘kuku,’ the Swahili word for ‘chickens.’ Raising them for sale is popular for a number of reasons. Firstly, they require little start-up capital. You can start with one or two and either add to them as you go, or wait for them to multiple naturally! Secondly, they require little space, so sometimes you can just let them run around in your garden or compound. Thirdly, while they are growing they produce eggs, which can either be sold to provide a supplementary source of income, or eaten to provide a supplementary source of protein. I’m sure there are hundreds of other reasons that raising kuku is so popular (maybe they are friendlier than other animals? Prettier?), but this is all time and space will allow.

About Tanzania

  • $1,900
    Average annual income
  • 24
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    Tanzania Loans Fundraising
  • $16,200,775
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,181.0
    Tanzania Shillings (TZS) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $425 helped Joyce to purchase additional chicks, feed, and antibiotics.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 10, 2008
May 27, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 15, 2009