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Mambo (Hello!) from Tanzania! This is 49-year-old Mary G. from Mwanza. She is widowed with two children, aged nineteen and twenty-six. Mary has been running a tailoring business since 1999. She makes clothes and sells them to customers. She works at the business for twelve hours a day, six days a week and is assisted by one employee. Mary currently earns about $150 from her business. She is requesting a loan of $400 in order to buy a sewing machine and materials for making clothes. In the future, she plans to expand her business. Mary 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, so 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, which enables them to borrow larger sums in the future.

About Tanzania

  • $1,900
    Average annual income
  • 27
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    Tanzania Loans Fundraising
  • $16,172,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,305.0
    Tanzania Shillings (TZS) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $400 helped Mary to buy a sewing machine and materials for making clothes.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 18, 2009
Apr 1, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 15, 2010