A loan of $525 helped to renovate her business.


Catherine J.'s story

Mambo from Mbeya, Tanzania! This is 31 year old Catherine N.. She is married with three children, aged 2, 6, and 9. In 1998, Catherine established a "genge" business. She is assisted by her husband. Working seven days a week, and nine to twelve hours a day, she earns about $170 a month from this business. Catherine has already received and successfully repaid one loan from SELFINA. She now requires a loan to renovate the business. In the future, Catherine also plans to invest in other businesses. She thanks you for your support.



Genge is a Swahili word for a type of outside shop, or stall. A genge is usually a very basic structure made of wood, with a tin roof, that sells general items, such as onions, tomatoes, chilli, 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.


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