A loan of $3,350 helped a member to increase the number of items she has for sale and to repair the bathroom in her home.

Elizabeth Alphonce's Tupendane A Group's story

Elizabeth A., age 22, is the single mother of an 8-year-old boy. She has two businesses that she started in 2003, one selling clothes and the other selling powdered soap to her customers door-to-door. She works from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and earns a monthly profit of about $41 from selling powdered soap and $51 from selling clothes.

The loan she hopes to receive now will be her fourth loan from Tujijenge Tanzania. She has paid back the first three successfully and used them to build a two-room house and increase her inventory of items for sale. She will use half of the funds from this new loan to build a bathroom and the other half to import more supplies from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam (including bags) to sell. She will share this loan with her group, which totals 15 members. These members hold each other accountable for paying back their loans.

In the picture, Elizabeth is in the front center wearing a blue and white striped shirt.

In this group: Elizabeth, Zaina, Rosemary, Zubeda, Tatu, Beatrice, Ally, Jesca, Jacline, Hadija, Sauda, Salha, Zulfa, Msami, Magdalena

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