Mary William has been waiting for her first microcredit since the last month of May. It seems that she is going to get it in some weeks. After some months that the few donors didn’t allow the foundation to include new beneficiaries, 2014 bring new investments and the possibility of increase the number of given microcredits.
Today we know two of the new beneficiaries, who live and work in Sala Sala quarter, in the north of Dar Es Salaam.
Mary William lives with her four children in their little house in Sala Sala and she’s known as “Mama Sambusa”, because she cooks sambusas, from the Arab cuisine, very well. She cooks sambusas and other aperitifs on the mornings and she sells it between her neighbors, and also in Mwengue and Tegeta markets, where she has two employees who sell them for her. She also makes juices to sell.
Her business is good, but sometimes she doesn’t have enough money to buy the material and ingredients, so she is thinking about investing her first loan in buy more things in order to cook more food, and also in buying a good fridge for the juices. She is thinking to grow up her business which at the end of the day is a better life for her family.
Her big children go to school, and the little one is at home with her. This little two years girl has a blood illness: “I spend a lot of money on medicines” Mary told us, while she gives the child at least three pills that she eats without doubts.
When the money is available and after a verification phase, Mary will receive her first loan. One of the top points for her is that she teaches her employees how to make the food, so they can cook for her in case she can’t do it because a sickness or whatever.
In the same quarter of Sala Sala we meet Christina at the stone quarry. She comes in boda boda from the market with a big bag of fruit. We meet her there because she wants us to see her business at the quarry, where she employs a man who breaks stone for her. After that, we walk for a while until we arrive at her house, where the charcoal is already extinct and the food is ready. This is her main business: she sells food in the afternoon for 1.500 shillings. Her two daughters help her cooking ugali or rice with beans and spinach every day. Sometimes there is also some meat.
She also wants the microcredit to increase her business. There are six people at home, and only her husband and she have a job, so she wants her daughters to take part in the mamantilie, as are known in Tanzania this kind of place where women cook.
In some days, after passing the verification phase, with a new visit to see if their businesses are going on, Mary and Christina will receive their first microcredit of 300.000 shillings (about 150 euros) each one.