Furaha Group is also the task force that supports Maendeleo Primary School’s breakfast program. The group has been active for almost two years. In this time they have built trust by successfully collaborating with Tupendane on school farming activities and by starting their own Village Community Banking (VICOBA) group, lending to each other, and recording a history of repayments. Furaha VICOBA Group also increased their membership to 33 people, increasing the size of the loan fund and total weekly deposits. This strong track record made both Tupendane and the district government feel confident providing a loan to the group.
They are currently challenged by the need for more capital to grow their businesses. They are also getting more and more applications for membership as a result of their good reputation. This is a good opportunity to increase deposits, but also a risk as a larger group is harder to manage.