A loan of $5,225 helped a member to restock the missing items in her food store.

Momela Group's story

Merina, who is in her mid 30s, is married with two children who go to school. She has been a food-vendor for ten years now. She works from 6.00 am to 10.00 pm daily and is able to make a fair monthly profit.

This will be Merina's 12th loan from Tujijenge Tanzania. She used the previous loans to keep increasing her stock of food. She started with just ten kilos of wheat flour, five kilos of beans, a bottle of cooking oil, a small packet of charcoal and one kilo of meat. But now she buys in bulk; for example, 50 kilos of wheat flour, 35 kilos of beans, two sacks of charcoal, a bucket of cooking oil, 20 kilos of meat, and all this is just in a week.

She used to only sell vitumbuwa (a kind of fried dough) and mandanzi (a type of doughnut), with beans early in the morning. But now after breakfast she sells food for lunch and dinner as well. She has paid back all her loans successfully. She used the profit to buy a TV set, bought a land, bought her sofa set, paid school fees and covered household expenses. She will use this loan to restock the missing items in her food store. She dreams of owing a building.

Merina will share this loan with her loan group "MOMELA" which has eleven members who will hold each other accountable for paying back the loan.

In this group: Merina, Sara, Elizabeth, Sabina, Salma, Yasin, Amos, Frank, Rebeca, Mwajabu, Muhsin
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