Nicholas left his home town of Luanshya, a mining town located in the northern part of Zambia, to realize his dream of running his own business. He chose the business of mobile money transfers because he believes that mobile technology is one of the fastest growing industries in Africa. He finds joy in running a business that is quick and dependable and makes a difference in the lives of people around him. His face brightens as he describes how his business has become so popular since he opened six months ago.
To make his business more effective, Nicholas has employed one person to help him serve his customers faster. When he gets his Kiva loan, he would like to put electricity in his trading booth and purchase two computers to make his transactions even faster. The rest of the money will go towards increasing his working capital, as this will enable him to make more profits.
His hopes and dreams are to be a successful businessman and own a chain of mobile money transfer shops across Zambia.
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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