“We have begun” – meet the Tayamba group.

Group: Tayamba Village: Malingula 2 Branch: Mulanje Group Tayamba PDF The Tayamba (meaning “We have begun) group formed in 2011 after organizing themselves and searching for a microcredit organization in their area. After being connected with their loan officer, he helped them officially organize themselves into the 22-member group. Despite the competition from […] Read more »

Meet Rhoda Chikopa

Client: Rhoda Chikopa Group: Mwaiwathu Village: Nkando Branch: Mulanje Rhoda Chikopa PDF Rhoda is the chairlady for the Mwaiwathu (“our fortune”) group. She joined during the second loan cycle in 2011. She uses her loans to run a shop in the market where she sells rice, beans, cooking oil, sugar […] Read more »

Meet Marita Masitala

Client: Marita Masitala Group: Tayamba Village: Malingula 2 Branch: Mulanje Marita Masitala PDF Marita is a new member of the Tayamba (“we have begun”) group, and she started taking loans ten weeks ago. She saw the improvements in the lives of her friends who were members, and wanted to join […] Read more »

“Let’s listen to each other” – introducing the Timvetserane group

Group Name: Timvetserane Village: Ntonya Branch: Mulanje Group Timvetserane PDF The Timvetserane (“let’s listen to each other”) group has been taking loans from MicroLoan Foundation since 2011. The group consists of ten clients, whose businesses include selling donuts, beans, sweet peas, tomatoes, cooking oil and vegetables. They formed after a loan officer […] Read more »

Meet Maggie Salangu

Client: Maggie Salangu Group: Tayamba Village: Malingula 2 Branch: Mulanje Maggie Salangu PDF Maggie has been a member of the Tayamba (“we have begun”) group since it started in 2011. She had a business of selling rice, but wanted to expand it to have a sustainable income. The loans have […] Read more »

Mwaiwathu = “Our fortune”

Group Name: Mwaiwathu Village: Nkando Branch: Mulanje Group Mwaiwathu PDF The Mwaiwathu (“our fortune”) group was one of the first credit groups established in the Mulanje district. When the district branch was opening, one of the loan officers came to the Nkando trading center, which is the largest in the […] Read more »

Meet Lydia, the Doughnut Queen.

Client: Lydia Munyama Group: Mwaiwathu Village: Nkando Branch: Mulanje Lydia Munyama PDF Lydia has been a member of the Mwaiwathu (“our fortune”) group since it formed in  2011, taking loans for her doughnut business. She uses the loan to buy baking flour, sugar, yeast, cooking oil and firewood – all the […] Read more »

Meet Dorothy Mukakama.

Client: Dorothy Mukakama Group Name: Tayamba Village: Malingula 2 Branch: Mulanje Dorothy Mukakama PDF Dorothy is the chairlady of the Tayamba (“we have begun”) group, and has been a member since its inception in 2011. She is currently using her loan for selling firewood that she collects from local sources […] Read more »

Meet Annie Mukarangeya

Client: Annie Mukarangeya Group: Tayamba Village: Malingula 2 Branch: Mulanje Annie Mukarangeya PDF Annie is the secretary for the Tayamba (“we have begun”) group, and she has been a member since its formation in 2011. She takes her loans for buying fish. She rides her bicycle 40 km to Lake […] Read more »