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Phelelani's Group
In this Group: Elpha Thabisile, Nomvula Philisiwe, Bongiwe Beauty, Beatrice Phethelaphi, Nokuthula Jacoline
Elpha is 65 years of age, married with seven children, aged between 19 and 35, none of whom attend school. She also receives the government’s child support grant. She runs a small business selling from the pension points and in Durban, she has two employees for her business. She also takes care of five relatives who live with her. In the photo above she is standing in the middle of her group, raising her hand.

Elpha has been in this business for 10 years. She requested this loan through WDB and Kiva to buy dye, wool, grass and buttons for decorating bags. She says that the main challenge to her business is that she has only a few employees so there is not enough customer service.

In five years' time, she would like to have her own space in the city for her business to run smoothly and to hire at least five more employees. She says that the extra income from this loan will help her pay for her children's tertiary education.

She appreciates WDB and Kiva for helping her with this loan.

Additional Information

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.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About South Africa

  • $12,700
    Average annual income
  • 1
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    South Africa Loans Fundraising
  • $780,425
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 6.8
    South Africa Rand (ZAR) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Phelelani's Group's $1,900 loan helped a member to buy dye, wool, grass and buttons for decorating bags.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 9, 2011
Jun 24, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 13, 2012