A loan of $400 helped to purchase additional material in bulk.

Antonia's story

Jambo (Greetings) from Tanzania! This is 35-year-old Antonia L. from Dar es Salaam. She is divorced with 2 children: Anaslome, who is 10 years old, and Sarah, who is 8 years old. She is also responsible for caring for Silvesta, who is 8 years old, and Raphael, who is 6 years old, whose mother is deceased and their father is unable to care for them.

Antonia has established a store that sells traditional clothing worn by Tanzanian women, called kanga and vitenge. The kanga is a piece of printed cotton fabric often with a border along all four sides. It is printed using the silkscreen method with its pattern in frames. Kitenge (the Swahili plural is vitenge) is a cotton fabric with wax print, printed by using rotary printing machines. Kitenge is a communicating textile - the various colors, patterns, writings and symbols represent moods, feelings, cultures, and traditions of native African people.

Antonia works 5-8 hours a day, 6 days a week. She is requesting a loan of $400 in order to purchase more material in bulk. Antonia thanks you for her support!

SELFINA has taken a lead role as a pioneer of micro-credit in Tanzania through Micro-Leasing. The organization is engaged in the economic empowerment of women in Tanzania through the provision of a leasing and leaseback microfinance facility. Customs and traditions in Tanzania make it difficult for women to own land and assets, thus they are termed non-creditworthy by financial institutions. This leads to poor financial support and poor access to basic needs and services for women with low incomes. One of the primary advantages of micro-leasing is that it allows clients to use the equipment as collateral for future loans with SELFINA, thus enabling them to borrow larger sums in the future.

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