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Business, General Business Projects in Tanzania by Yuko Enami

Yuko Enami

Name:
Yuko Enami

Age: 30

Qualification:
Master of Business Administration

Work Experiences:
2 years working experience in Angola


"My main purpose was to understand how microfinance actually works there and the situation of people who need it. I worked closely with Area Coordinators (ACs) and Community Coordinators (CCs), and met as many clients as possible."

The Project Partner

Yuko Enami - The Project Partner

I worked as a consultant of microfinance for British charity, Mondo Foundation. My supervisor was Boniface Kimboka, a country director of Mondo Foundation Tanzania. I worked with two Area Coordinators (ACs) of the organization, Glory and Erneth. Ian Baxter from Projects Abroad Tanzania also supported me while I was there.

The Mondo Foundation issues grants and loans for small business start-ups and expansions to people in need. These are mainly women, who are HIV positive, widowed and who have many dependents so that they could obtain a constant income.

Both ACs and CCs play a very important role in selecting clients, issuing grants and loans, training the clients and monitoring them on a daily basis.

Role of the Volunteer

  • I met nearly 150 clients in 2 months. I visited their houses and business sites so that I could understand their actual lives and business situations better. I spent at least 30 minutes talking to each client, but sometimes it took me more than an hour, as almost all of them do not speak any English. I had to rely on the AC to translate Swahili into English. I was also engaged in interviewing new clients to become the recipients of grants.

  • As a consultant, I was expected to give them advice for business expansions and start-ups, but I found it quite difficult for some of the cases. For example, there is a client who suffers HIV and is too sick to work, and for this reason she cannot earn money. I cannot force her or advise her to work harder when she is sick. I found that there are people who are not even eligible to become recipients of grants of Mondo Foundation.

Benefits to the community

  • I met nearly 150 clients in 2 months. I visited their houses and business sites so that I could understand their actual lives and business situations better. I spent at least 30 minutes talking to each client, but sometimes it took me more than an hour, as almost all of them do not speak any English. I had to rely on the AC to translate Swahili into English. I was also engaged in interviewing new clients to become the recipients of grants.

  • As a consultant, I was expected to give them advice for business expansions and start-ups, but I found it quite difficult for some of the cases. For example, there is a client who suffers HIV and is too sick to work, and for this reason she cannot earn money. I cannot force her or advise her to work harder when she is sick. I found that there are people who are not even eligible to become recipients of grants of Mondo Foundation.

Cultural Exchange

I had stayed with a Tanzanian family for two months, where there is no tap water or shower in the house. Every day I used a bucket of water to wash my body and hair. I was surprised at first, but gradually I started realising this was something new for me, which I can never experience again in my life. I ended up enjoying it a little.

Also I really liked to talk to the local staff of Projects Abroad Tanzania. They are such nice people and it was enjoyable to find out about their lives and families.

Yuko Enami

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