Levina Nguma

My name: Levina Nguma

My story: When I was 9 years old I fell and damaged my leg. I never fully recovered from this, and now I have to walk on the side of my foot which causes problems with my mobility. I am a widow – in 2006, my husband passed away and my 3 children were very young at the time. Despite my husband leaving the house to me in his will, I struggled to get by and provide for my children. To make matters worse, in 2013 the road leading to my house was widened and the building company demolished my home without any warning; I wasn’t even able to collect my belongings before it happened. My eldest daughter, who was living in Dar at the time, when she heard what happened came straight back to Tanzania to find us with nothing. At the moment I complete 3 small income earning activities to get by; I make and sell soap and samosas, and I have a little retail business. However, because I cannot walk far, I must pay for boda-bodas (motorbike taxis) to get to and from work – this is costly and reduces the profit I can make to support my family.

My thoughts on the VICOBA group: When I first heard about the VICOBA group I was very excited as I have never been a member of one before! I hope to be able to save some of what I earn, to be able to expand my small retail business and to be able to purchase a tricycle to be able to get around independently.