Stories tagged with group loans

Oct 10, 2015 GH Ghana
I arrive at the group meeting spot, where approximately 60 women are gathered on a shady verandah. They start waving in surprise when they see me, and call out melodious greetings. “You are welcome, you are welcome.”

Today is loan disbursement day, where these two groups will receive their requested loan amounts from Grameen Ghana, a microfinance institution based in northern Ghana with a focus on providing group loans to financially underserved women borrowers in rural northern communities. Under the group loan model, the loan is guaranteed by the members through social... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 ZW Zimbabwe
What better time to showcase the amazing endurance and entrepreneurial spirit of Zimbabwean women than on International Women’s Day?
I was fortunate enough to sit down with two groups of women, The Mercedes Club Group and The Divine Touch Group, in Mutare, Zimbabwe. They discussed how the changing Zimbabwean economy has had an indirect impact on their families lives and their decision to start a business.  A few years ago the Zimbabwean economy took a turn for the worse, leaving many people without formal employment and a steady pay check....
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Dec 12, 2013 TZ Tanzania
My first work trip with Kiva started early at 4AM on a Sunday and ended with me flying back to Dar es Salaam 5 days later checking a bucket of fresh fish on the airplane. 

The goal - train 2 of Tujijenge's branches in the Lake Zone on the Kiva process.   
My bucket of fish with other luggage

The taxi picked me up and 4 AM and I was headed to the Lake Zone for 5 days to train 2 branches on the Kiva process with my co-worker Yessya. ... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2013 TZ Tanzania
Navigating Dar es Salaam

Our first task of the day was to navigate our way to the south of town to meet with a group of Kiva Borrowers.  Getting around in Dar es Salaam is no easy task. For me, it always feels like an adventure.   I have great respect for the loan officers, staff at Tujijenge, borrowers, and everyone else that travel great distances each day to do their job.  Dar is the 9th fastest growing city in the world and one needs to look no further than the roads to see proof.  

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