Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the Internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.
This is one of the last loans that I made through KIVA, helping other artists make a better life for themselves. I felt a connection with this group as I have a Tinga Tinga painting on my wall which I purchased in Tanzania after my last photographic safari.
Sharifa, who is in her late twenties, is married with two children both of whom go to school. She has been running a Tinga Tinga business for two years now. She works from 8am to 8pm daily and is able to make a good monthly profit.This will be her second motisha loan. She used the previous loan to increase her Tinga Tinga requirements. She has now paid back this loan successfully. She wants a loan to buy materials for the Tinga Tinga paints. Her dream is to one day be able to own a car and to build her own house.She will share this loan with her loan group “Msasani” which has a total fifteen members, who will hold each other accountable in paying back their loans.
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