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Kushinga Group
In this Group: Esnat, Angela, Marinah, Tendai, Emmah, Alice, Ntombi, Regina, Rosemary, Janet
Esnut, a 50-year-old married mother of four, lives in Gweru, where she also cares for two dependents. For the past five years Esnut has been operating a manufacturing business producing candles. She says the main challenge faced is high competition from well-established manufacturers.

Esnut has requested a loan of $400 to purchase wax, dye and string. The extra income arising from this loan will allow her to finish building her rural home and feed her family an improved diet. In the future, Esnut plans to open a small manufacturing company.

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MicroKing's loans are guaranteed against institutional default (failure of MicroKing to repay Kiva lenders if the borrower repays MicroKing) by MicroKing's parent company: Kingdom Financial Holdings Limited.

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This loan is administered by MicroKing Finance, Kiva’s first partner in Zimbabwe.

MicroKing’s mandate is to provide financial services integrated with advisory services and targeted training to the under-banked but rapidly growing Zimbabwean micro-enterprise sector. The intent is to mobilize the underprivileged as active agents in fighting poverty as well as to accelerate the country’s journey back to economic prosperity where Zimbabwe was once known as the “bread basket of Africa.”

Zimbabwean micro-enterprises are generally run by women and comprise a multitude of business types. Constraints on local production and manufacturing capacity have led to cross-border trading being the most common type of business.

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 Zimbabwe

  • $2,000
    Average annual income
  • 5
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    Zimbabwe Loans Fundraising
  • $3,745,900
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Kushinga Group's $4,000 loan helped a member to buy wax for candle making.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 27, 2011
Aug 17, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 15, 2012