Listening to our Clients: Launching New Loan Products
Opportunity Tanzania introduced two new loan products. The Pamoja loan (“together”) will replace the current Trust Group loan. The loan type will increase flexibility while adding cohesion to the existing group model. The groups will be more formal in structure with specific and consistent start and finish times and number of participants. All clients within a group will start and finish their loan cycles at the same time. A more unified and organized structure is expected to lead to improved training and rates of repayment.
In addition, Opportunity Tanzania rolled out the Vuka loan (“crossing”) at the Ilala, Arusha and Moshi branches. The newly designed loan targets smaller groups who can borrow larger sums of money and is seen as a graduated step between Trust Group loans and individual loans. The largest loan within the group cannot be more than three times the smallest loan in order to maintain the benefits of cross-guarantee. Like the Pamoja loan, the Vuka loan terms offer more flexibility than the standard Trust Group loan and lead to improved portfolio quality.
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