Pastoral Women's Council PWC Tanzania
"I was among the founding members of the Ebeneza VICOBA groups in Longido, through my church. Primarily PWC have been mobilizing the entire village through village meetings. Our church pastor took this IGG idea from the PWC general meetings and encouraged us to set one up.
“After beginning the group our first action was to come together and agree on our terms of contributions. We began with everyone contributing 5,000 tsh at each meeting.
“With our first savings, we bought an altar for our church and that became a gateway for our success. The very next day the World Vision tender came up. We applied and won!
“The World Vision cooking income has been our seed money, and we have grown from there.
“I received an initial 100,000 tsh from the vicoba, and then a follow up 200,000 to establish a restaurant in the village. I provide food for guests and it is really busy, especially on market day, when I often serve more than 25 people and make 200% profit. I have already paid back my loans.
“Being part of this group has really changed my life because now I have the money to buy whatever my family needs. I have purchased a lot here in the town and have built a house for my family.
“This has made me a confident and independent person. I feel strong and proud knowing that I can own a business. This was a dream of mine and now I have done it.”