Paul is 28 years old. He runs his own local mobile money transfer business which he has been running for one year now. He describes his business as simply the sending and receiving of money electronically. Currently, Paul does not have enough working capital. He is not able to serve customers who want to send large amounts of money. This saddens him as he has to turn away customers and lose out on commissions.
He believes that his community benefits from his business because he offers them an easy and quick way of sending money and he works hard to give them the best customer service.
He has grown the number of transaction he does in a day. He has gone from only 10 transactions a day to an impressive 60. He has since managed to employ one person to help him in his shop. Paul describes his life as difficult; he is quick to say that he has not had it easy in life due to being orphaned at the young age of 10. He has not been able to pursue his education, but is grateful for the opportunity he has to run his own business and therefore gives it all he can.
Paul's appeal to his lenders is that they help him raise the money so that he can let his customers send larger amounts of money. He has dreams of opening more mobile money outlets in his town.
In this video, Paul is interviewed by a representative from Mobile Transactions.
More information about this loan
This loan is a combination of the following:
1) Capital Growth Loan: an asset-based loan provided to both existing and new Zoona agents for setting-up or expanding their mobile transactions business. Part of the amount is an in-kind loan to enable agents to acquire assets for their mobile transaction business. For existing agents, the loan is designed to inject medium-term working capital assistance to purchase additional assets or expand to new locations thereby helping their businesses grow.
2) Electronic Float Advance: short-term liquidity assistance to qualifying Zoona agents to allow them to make mobile money payments when their electronic balance is too low to meet their immediate business needs.The loan is intended to provide borrowers with a boost to their electronic float to allow them to handle more revenue generating transactions and also give them a means to support transactions during peak demands. The borrowers will be able to draw down their electronic advance on a per-transaction basis. There are no monthly repayments, rather the borrowers will earn less commission on per transaction basis on the funds utilized from the advance.
Repayments will include fixed monthly repayments for the Capital Growth portion and a bullet payment at the end of an 18-month term for the electronic float advance.
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.