MARA Women Savings and Credit Programme
The Mara Women Savings and Credit programme was started by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT) Diocese in Mara in 1998 with the aim of providing financial services to the people in Mara region to reduce poverty and improve their living standards, especially of women. Through its Development Department, the Diocese had developed a savings mobilization concept which was well received by women in the area. The savings for different groups has grown fast reaching substantial balances and the Diocese has been encouraged by the positive development and has seen the need to consolidate the groups into a formal structure that could also handle credit. In 1997 the ELCT Diocese in Mara approached Strømme Foundation (SF) and received funding for the new project from 1998 for (a) Capacity building, (b) Training support and (c) Funds for on lending.