A loan of $700 helped a member to paint nursery classes and buy teaching books.

Mt Meru Group's story

Juliet, who is aged in her early 70s, is a mother of four grown sons. She is widow since 1991; since then, she has been taking care of her family herself. She is teacher by profession, having a degree from a teaching course, but retired in 1999 as a civil servant. She used her salary to manage the family, but after reaching the age of retiring, she looked for a way to maintain her living. She introduced a few projects to go through. One is a nursery school, since 2002, and a tuition service teaching English and mathematics subjects, a service she has been in since the 1980s.

She has 30 kids in nursery school and 15 tuition students. She is doing great despite a few uncontrollable challenges: frequently changing teaching books, and every school with its own teaching books. These are so costly to Juliet.

Juliet has also a poultry (raising local chickens) business and a garden growing vegetables. Juliet runs all these businesses with house-girl support. Working from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each working day, she is able to earn a good profit each month.

This will be Juliet's second loan from Tujijenge Tanzania. She wants to use it to paint her nursery classes and to buy more teaching books to make her tuition classes up to date. She has paid back her loan successfully. She used her profit to cover household expenses. She dreams of improving her school by having a shop selling school items.

She will share this loan with her loan group, "Mt Meru," which has three members who will hold each other accountable for paying back the loan.

In this group: Juliet, Adinan, Ally
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