A self-made woman
Magdalena Lwiza is a full-time instructor at the Mlingano Agricultural Training Institute in Tanga, Tanzania. This small, kind woman has an iron will and a burning ambition to succeed.
With a loan from Bayport Financial Services Tanzania, she started a secretarial office in her community with a single computer, printer and photocopier. She employed Mwemezi Ishengoma to run the business so she could continue her fulltime job. When the office started to make a profit, she applied for an additional loan to purchase another photocopier and a large printer. She also purchased a deep freeze, from which she sells ice cream and water.
Magdalena also realised there was a need in the community for mobile phone vouchers and started selling them at her office. “The loans I have received have done wonders in my life,” says Magdalena.