Empower Mothers in Tanzania with Microloans

by Opportunity International
Aug 6, 2013

Building Bright Futures

Opportunity Client: Maria Mbago
Opportunity Client: Maria Mbago

Maria Mbajo is a single mother working to provide a proper education for her child in Tanzania. When she first became an Opportunity client, she was a street vendor, carrying her products from market to market just hoping to make enough money to survive. Maria used her first Opportunity loan to increase her buying power, which resulted in an immediate increase in her profit margin. She then used subsequent loans to rent a kiosk in a busy market and grow her business. Maria learned the importance of saving and before long she realized her dream to rent a small home near the market.

Today, Maria is investing her fourth loan to increase inventory at her bustling shop. As a member of the Faraja Trust Group, she learned the importance of financial responsibility, and is now a confident in her abilities as a business owner. She says that she is thankful to Opportunity for helping her achieve her dreams. Someday, Maria hopes to purchase a car, but in the meantime, she is delighted that her success has enabled her to send her child to school, something she says may not have happened without Opportunity Tanzania as her business partner.

As a result of your support, Opportunity is helping families in Tanzania work their way out of poverty, finding hope for the first time. With the right tools and financial resources, entrepreneurs like Maria Mbajo no longer need to fear tomorrow. Together, we are empowering women like Maria to take control of their lives, leaving the past behind and looking forward to a promising future.


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Opportunity International

Location: Chicago, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.opportunity.org
Project Leader:
Ally Lynch
Oak Brook, IL United States

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