Small Loans

Over 6,000 small loans distributed, ranging from £20 - £170

99.99% full repayment

50% income increase in only 6 months

Fully sustainable, after each loan is repaid it is redistributed to another individual

Empowers women to have financial independence, increasing confidence

 

Small Loans are microfinance loans distributed to members of the community, through our partners, The Hoja Project in Tanzania and Viagenco in Kenya. The loans are of between £20 and £175 and are repaid over a period of 6 months. 

Since the first loans were distributed in 2007, over 6,000 have been distributed. It is estimated that recipients see an increase in income of 50% in the first six months, and this figure continues to grow with their businesses.

Businesses are diverse in nature but similar in success! The success of businesses owes a lot to the training offered to those seeking loans prior to writing business proposals. Businesses so far have included restaurants serving local Tanzanian food, such as ugali (maize porridge) and mandazi (doughnuts made from rice) and shops selling convenience items.

Entrepreneurs use the enhanced income from their businesses to enroll their children in school, as well as to meet the needs of their family. Many also reinvest in their business to make it bigger and better!

  • Video: Small Loans Programme

    Video: Small Loans Programme

    This video documents the Small Loans programme in Mpandangindo, a village close to Songea in rural southern Tanzania.

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