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People living with HIV/Aids form community bank in Moshi

25th February 2012

People living with HIV/Aids (PLHA) in Mwanga district, Kilimanjaro region, have formed their community bank (Vicoba) and entrepreneurship group to fight against poverty.

So far, a group of 35 members has been formed and the second one with only 10 members was about to be formed as per Vicoba requirements that a group should have at least 35 members to qualify.

The group has been given 10 sewing machines by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT) in Pare diocese in cooperation with Mwanga district council, whereby the latter gave the group a tender to make school uniforms for Tambarare primary school in the district.

The group chairlady, Sophia Nuhu, said the aim of having such groups was to build capacity with a view to fighting against poverty, improving their wellbeing and become self-dependent economically.

Speaking during the launch of the Vicoba, she said the members had started benefiting from the loans they used to start businesses.

Furthermore, the African Medical Research and Education Foundation (Amref) had promised to give them 1.1m/- after every three months to boost their Vicoba. 

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