Providing Microloans for the Poor in Tanzania

by Opportunity International
Oct 7, 2013

How you have helped Mwashamba Ally

Mwashamba at home
Mwashamba at home

As a result of your partnership, Opportunity is helping families across Tanzania work their way out of poverty. Mwashamba Ally, one of our Tanzanian clients, owns a small retail store selling water, tea, chew gums and other small items. With her loan from Opportunity and her thriving business Mwashamba is able to pay for her daughter’s tuition fees at a nearby secondary school, feed her husband and children and is hoping to move her family from a rented home into a residential house.

Along with helping people like Mwashamba with your support we have also seen MicroEnsure Tanzania achieving unprecedented growth, now celebrating more than one million lives served. MicroEnsure recently brought on Urasa Sarakikya as its new Country Manager in Tanzania. Highly qualified, Urasa is expected to lead MicroEnsure Tanzania into new stages of growth and development. Other accomplishments for MicroEnsure Tanzania include:

  • Launched its first health insurance pilot in Tanzania, which provides coverage for a family of five for just $40 per year. 
  • Developed and implemented a health insurance program for coffee farmers on Mount Kilimanjaro in partnership with PharmAccess International, Kilimanjaro Native Cooperative Union and the Mission for Essential Medical Supplies for less than $20 per year. 
  • Trained medical staff on proper procedures, delivering new customer care and comprehensive reporting across health administration.  
  • Covered 7,000 unique lives with MicroEnsure’s newly implemented distribution model.

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Organization Information

Opportunity International

Location: Chicago, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Ian Haisley
Director of Online Strategy
Oak Brook, IL United States

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