A loan of $1,650 helped a member to buy supplies for her tailoring business.


Tiyamika Group's story

Ruth is a 37 year old mother of 3. She is married to a self-employed motor mechanic. Dissatisfied by her role as housewife, Ruth attended school of dressmaking, cutting and designing in 2009. In 2010, she started her sewing business operating from a room she was offered at her parents’ house.
Ruth owns a domestic electrical sewing machine. She specialises in sewing seat covers and bed covers. Her main customers are cross border traders but she cannot meet all their needs due to working capital constraints. She also loses a lot of time making frequent trips to go and buy materials as she cannot buy in bulk.
Realising the need for training and cultivating a savings culture, Ruth formed Tiyamika group together with her friends from church. This group is kept together by common religious faith and desire for financial stability as women.
With a loan from Thrive, Ruth intends to buy materials in bulk and enjoy discounts thereby increasing her profit margin. She hopes to grow her business by opening a shop in town and employ assistants to enable her to meet her customers’ orders. She dreams of finishing building her house with the increased profits.

In this group: Ruth, Agatha, Theresa, Mavis, Erida, Delifa, Florence



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