A loan of $450 helped to purchase more rice, sugar, salt and cooking oil in bulk.

Witness B.'s story

Mambo from Mbeya, Tanzania! This is 44-year-old Witness S., who is married and has four children aged between 23 and 15. In 2005, Witness established her genge (see below) business. Working six days a week, 13-16 hours a day, and assisted by her husband, she earns about $40 every month from this business.

Witness is requesting a loan to purchase more rice, sugar, salt and cooking oil in bulk, and in the future plans to establish another business. 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 in order 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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