A loan of $275 helped to purchase additional stocks of rice, flour, fruits and vegetables.


Maria's story

Hailing from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania is a 25 year-old woman named Maria M.. She is married and has no children. In 1999, Maria established her genge (grocery) business. Maria has already received and successfully repaid one loan from SELFINA, and now requires a new loan in order to purchase additional stocks of rice, flour, fruits and vegetables. 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, which sells general items such as onions, tomatoes, chilli, oil, rice, and dried fish. This is the kind of place local people send their children to fetch something when they are in the middle of cooking the evening meal. In these situations, they usually do not have time to go all the way to the market to buy the missing ingredient.


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