Fatna – Race Equality Story
Fatna has been a member of VICOBA for the past 5 years. When she first joined the group, she was a fishseller in Buguruni Market. With access to a low interest loan, Fatna was able to successfully grow her business by increasing her supply, which raised her sales.
With the extra capital she accessed a large loan, which she used to buy land, startbuilding a house and invest in diversifying her business ventures.
She has purchased four motorcycles and hired drivers to offer boda boda public transport services, which allows for reliable profits coming in daily.
The widowed mother uses these earnings to support her daughter and grandchild and the success of her business venture has allowed her to save up enough to finish building them a home, purchase a second plot of land and purchase her own vehicle.
Due to the benefits of accessibility form VICOBA, Fatna has secured shares that now have a value of over 9 Million TSH (>$41,080US).
She has also become a leader of VICOBA and oversees 12 different groups across the city, providing support and training to female traders. The inspirational women also contested for leadership in Bugurni and is now a member of the Board of Cooperative Societies, representing women market traders’ interests.