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Mambo from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania! This is 52-year-old Mwanahamisi S., a widow with eight children. She started a business of selling cereals such as maize, millet, sorghum, etc., which are all widely available in Tanzania because the economy is 70% agricultural and these cereals comprise a primary portion of the local diet. She now focuses on selling maize because it is the most marketable, being used to make ugaali, a staple food in this country. She earns about 180 USD in profit monthly from this business. She is requesting a loan to purchase maize in bulk. In the future, she hopes to increase the scale of her business.

SELFINA has taken a lead role as a pioneer of microcredit in Tanzania. The organization is devoted to the economic empowerment of women in Tanzania through microfinance as a practical way to achieve the economic and social emancipation of women. Customs and traditions in Tanzania make it difficult for women to own land and assets; thus, they are deemed non-creditworthy by financial institutions. This leads to poor financial support and hence poor access to basic needs and services for women with low incomes. One of the primary advantages of microleasing is that it allows clients to use the equipment as collateral for future loans with SELFINA, enabling them to borrow larger sums in the future.

About Tanzania

  • $1,900
    Average annual income
  • 21
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    Tanzania Loans Fundraising
  • $16,190,000
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,151.5
    Tanzania Shillings (TZS) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $700 helped Mwanahamisi to buy maize in bulk for resale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 3, 2008
Sep 19, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 15, 2009