Johnson is a small wiry man of thirty-five. He was born in Masasi into a poor family and was never able to take his education beyond primary school. After trying numerous jobs, ten years ago he moved to Mtwara to train as a security guard and nightwatchman. He secured a job with the Sisters just over eight years ago. Married to Veronica and father to young Grace, Johnson borrowed TSH600,000 (£200) to buy a plot of land on the outskirts of Mtwara. He then borrowed a further TSH2m in stages and managed to build a sizeable house. He has repaid every shilling he borrowed and now hopes to build a more substantial house from cement blocks.
The Sisters have made a number of such micro-loans to those who are known and trusted, but who have no other recourse to credit. Such loans can transform people’s lives, lifting families out of poverty and giving them opportunities usually denied to those without education or money.
If you’d like to help Johnson – or someone like Johnson- any amount of money can help. A small loan to buy a motorcycle for example might be £350, but any amount, however small, can help. If you’d like to support a micro-loan, donate using the button at the top of the page or complete the Standing Order form using the reference ‘Johnson’, cut it out and send it back to the address at the bottom of the page.