Rumble: The Road's Kiva project 3: Fatuma Jumbe

Fatuma Jumbe Group

Here is a summary of The Road's third social project:

A micro-financing loan to the Fatuma Jumbe Women's Group in Tanzania .

Fatuma Jumbe, 51, is married with 6 children. She has a tailoring business which she began 15 years ago. Working from 8 to 5 daily, she is able to make a monthly profit of about US$80.

She has taken out three previous loans, all since repaid, to buy vitenge (traditional Swahili fabrics) which she sells at her sewing shop. She now would like to buy a sewing (interlocking) machine.

Fatuma will share this loan with her loan group, Mabibo Freedom, whose 15 members hold each other accountable in paying back their loans. In the picture, Fatuma is sitting on the left in the front row. (See their full profile on Kiva).

Their loan went through "Tujijenge Tanzania Ltd", a local micro financing partner of Kiva.

In a group loan like this one, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a group of individuals bound by a group guarantee.
Under this arrangement, each member of the group supports one another and is responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members if someone is delinquent or defaults. This is not only a financial guarantee, but also stimulates the social solidarity and responsibility aspect of micro-financing.

Loan Request: $4,000
Repayment terms: 3 months (Deadline April 15 2009)
We gave them a loan of US$100

This is The Road's 3rd social project. The funds for this loan were donated by the VK0IR Heard Island expedition team.

More on The Road's social project "Change Starts Here".
You can keep track of our project via our score card.


Anonymous,  17 November, 2008 09:16  

I really like the project that you have going on here. I have myself done fieldwork in Ghana for six months, and I have seen how much change can be done for a small amount of money. Everyone is talking about how poor and deprived many communities are, but for most people it stops with the talking. You are taking it further, and actually do something!

Just a short question out of curiousiy; when the oil-prices went competely bananas during the first half of 2008, how did this affect the aid that you are giving? Do you have any reports on this at all?

Peter 17 November, 2008 10:24  

when the oil-prices went competely bananas during the first half of 2008, how did this affect the aid that you are giving?

The oil prices, but more importantly the rocketing food prices had a BIG of effect on food aid. Check the posts about food crisis on the road, but this one probably gives a good overall summary.

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