A loan of $4,875 helped a member to purchase more charcoal for distribution.

Songambele Kibamba Group's story

Iddy T., 42, is married with five children. He lives outside Dar es Salaam and operates a charcoal sales business that he started in 2000. He earns about $100 a month at this business.

With a loan from Kiva, Iddy hopes to increase his inventory and distribute more charcoal through his community. With the extra income from these sales, he will pay his children's school fees.

Iddy is part of a large group of borrowers. Their group name, Songambele, means "to go forward" in Swahili. They are all from the same area and operate a variety of businesses. With this loan they all hope to increase their savings and income to support themselves and their families. The group acts as a guarantee of payment, as each member is responsible for another.

In this group: Iddy, Ally, Sofia, Abdalah, Ana, Zubery, Mwajuma, Asha, Angela, Juma, Aisha, Pili, Regina, Gift, David, Said, Esther, Mauwa

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