KIVA, Sharifa and the Tinga Tinga paintings….

Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the Internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

This is one of the last loans that I made through KIVA, helping other artists make a better life for themselves. I felt a connection with this group as I have a Tinga Tinga painting on my wall which I purchased in Tanzania after my last photographic safari.

Msasani Group

Sharifa and her Tinga Tinga business

Sharifa and her Tinga Tinga business

Sharifa, who is in her late twenties, is married with two children both of whom go to school. She has been running a Tinga Tinga business for two years now. She works from 8am to 8pm daily and is able to make a good monthly profit.This will be her second motisha loan. She used the previous loan to increase her Tinga Tinga requirements. She has now paid back this loan successfully. She wants a loan to buy materials for the Tinga Tinga paints. Her dream is to one day be able to own a car and to build her own house.She will share this loan with her loan group “Msasani” which has a total fifteen members, who will hold each other accountable in paying back their loans.

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