A loan of $525 helped to purchase wheat and maize flour, cooking oil, and rice.


Diana's story

Mambo from Tanzania! This is 28-year-old Diana M. from Dar es Salaam. She is married with one child who is three years old. Additionally, she is responsible for supporting two dependants who depend on her because they are orphans. Diana has been running a cafe business since 2005. A local restaurant or café in Tanzania usually consists of a rough wooden table and some long, wooden benches. The food is all local: rice, ugali (a hot sticky dough, made from maize flour), and plantain (a cooked savory banana) all served with beans, vegetables, meat, and a variety of sauces. She works at the business for 9-12 hours per day, 7 days per week. Asha currently earns about 200 USD from her business. She is requesting a loan of 525 USD in order to purchase wheat and maize flour, cooking oil, and rice. In the future, she plans to expand her business. Diana thanks you for your 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 is 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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