A loan of $350 helped to buy video cameras and blank tapes for her video store.

Grace's story

Mambo from Tanzania! This is thirty-year-old Grace M. from Dar es Salaam. She is married with two young children. Additionally she supports a young relative who boards with her while she attends school in Dar.

Grace owns a video store that she runs with the assistance of her husband. In addition to renting out movie videos to customers, they also work as videographers. At occasions like weddings and birthdays, Grace and her husband are available to record your special occasion for posterity!

Grace currently makes monthly profits of US$ 110 from her video store. This is her second loan with SELFINA; she successfully paid back her initial loan of US$ 50 which has allowed her to request a far larger loan this time around. Grace would like US$ 350 to purchase new video cameras and blank tapes. She is hopeful that this will enable her to expand the scale of her business in the near future.

SELFINA has taken a lead role as a pioneer of micro-credit in Tanzania through Micro-Leasing. The organization is engaged in the economic empowerment of women in Tanzania through the provision of a leasing and leaseback microfinance facility as a practical way to achieve the economic and social emancipation of women.

Customs and traditions in Tanzania normally make it difficult for women to own land and assets, thus they are termed non-creditworthy by financial institutions as they lack tangible collateral assets. This leads to poor financial support hence the poor access to basic needs and services for women with low incomes.

When a client needs working capital to buy a specific item, SELFINA buys the equipment for said client and extends a loan to her. The same equipment is then leased back to the client so they can use it while in process of paying back their loan – a process called a sale and leaseback arrangement. Once the loan has been repaid, SELFINA transfers the ownership of the equipment to the client.

The advantage of microleasing over traditional microfinance loans is that it allows clients to use the equipment as collateral for future loans with SELFINA, thus enabling them to borrow larger sums in the future.

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