Eddie is 33 years old. He runs a small business in his hometown of Chililabombwe, a town whose main economic activity is the mining of copper. He is very happy for the opportunity to get his very first loan.
Eddie’s business deals in the supply of stationary materials, small computer accessories and relish. He also offers the services of mobile money transfers, photocopying and typing. He says most of his profits come from his mobile money transfers business.
Eddie started running his business three years ago. He does not have a building structure, but used his initiative to come up with a makeshift small shop that he uses to make his transactions. Most of Eddie’s customers are miners who send money to their families back home.
Eddie is very excited to get his first loan because it will help him to have some good working capital. Having more capital will boost Eddie’s business, as he will be able to serve more customers who want to send money at his shop.
He has hopes of seeing his business grow to greater heights. Someday, he would like to move to a shop with a proper building structure.
In the video, a representative from Zoona interviews Eddie.
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.