She runs a tuck shop in Nkandla in Kwa Z. Natal, South Africa. (Tuck shops are small corner stores where you can buy food, drink and other basics.) In the photo she is wearing a blue shirt and raising her hand.
She's been in this business for one and a half years and sells chips, drinks, and chicken pieces at her home. She also receives income from the government's child support grant. She says that the main challenges to her business are customers that buy on credit and fail to pay on time.
She requested this loan through Women’s Development Businesses to buy drinks, chicken pieces, and flour for making fat cookies. (Fat cookies are a kind of cake made from fried flour.) She hopes that the extra income from this loan will help her live a better life and build a house. In the future, she hopes to see her business grow in such a way that she can add more stock.
In her comments she adds that she does not have a shelter to sell her stock. She would like to know if WDB and Kiva can help her build her own shelter because now she is selling on the streets.
About Women’s Development Businesses (WDB)This loan is administered by Women’s Development Businesses (WDB), Kiva’s first and only partner in South Africa. Over 75% of South Africa’s population lives in rural areas and about a quarter of South Africans live on less than $1.25 per day.
WDB offers microcredit and training to rural women in order to improve their families’ living standards and encourage active participation in their communities. In addition to targeting women with household incomes of less than 50% of the South African poverty standard, WDB also provides enterprise development and mentorship for women ready to enhance their business skills.
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