For Lilly there is more to owning and running a business than just transacting money. She believes that social entrepreneurship is the best way to go and her kind of business is ideal because it is located where the people are and the atmosphere it creates is welcoming rather than the cold, detached feeling of a bank. Lilly also believes that her business has the added advantage of being cheaper, faster and easier to access than the post office or commercial banks.
When she gets the loan money Lilly intends to fix her booth which she currently uses to serve her customers. Her booth is not in good condition, it leaks when the rains come and has no proper shelter for her customers. She would like to get a new booth and needs help to do this; it will also help her to expand her business which is her goal as a young businesswoman.
In this video, Lilly is being interviewed by a representative from Mobile Transactions.
More information about this loan
This loan is designed for Zoona agents, enabling them to access the working capital they need to process frequent and large mobile money transactions. Loans can also be used to help agents open new transaction booths to serve more customers, increasing the number of Zambians who have access to mobile banking technology.
Kiva loans are structured so that a percentage of an agent's monthly revenue is used to repay. Because the exact amount of these repayments is uncertain, we have structured this loan's repayment schedule to include just one payment at the end of the loan term. That said, lenders can expect to receive payments throughout the loan term as this agent earns revenue and pays back the loan.
About Zoona:Zoona is a mobile money operator that invests in emerging entrepreneurs in Africa who are transforming their communities.
In Africa, there is a tremendous pool of entrepreneurs, business owners, and young people who dream of making money and serving their communities but who are struggling to find the resources and support to reach their full potential.
Zoona offers entrepreneurs an opportunity to build their own businesses and create wealth and employment through mobile payment solutions, financial services, business management tools and support.
The network of Zoona outlets in urban and rural areas enables unbanked and financially excluded individuals the ability to transact in an easy, quick and safe manner with family, friends, and other service providers. This is a step change improvement in countries like Zambia, where the majority of transactions are still conducted in cash and are thus inefficient, insecure, and expensive. Zoona's unique model of enabling emerging entrepreneurs to provide mobile money services to consumers has the potential to significantly push the boundaries of financial inclusion in Africa.
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