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Mambo from Mbeya, Tanzania! This is 30 year-old Mariam M.. She is married and has two children aged 7 and 11. In 2002 Mariam established her small shop. Working seven days a week, and thirteen to sixteen hours a day, she earns about US $30 every month from this business. Mariam requires a loan in order to buy more cooking oil, sugar, soaps, salt, and other utensils. 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, chili, 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.

About Tanzania

  • $1,900
    Average annual income
  • 22
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    Tanzania Loans Fundraising
  • $16,200,775
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,161.0
    Tanzania Shillings (TZS) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $525 helped Mariam to buy more cooking oil, sugar, soaps, salt, and other utensils.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 3, 2008
Jul 18, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 15, 2009