My name is Dominic. I am married, and I have two daughters. I grew up here in the small town of Luanshya, where I run my business of sending and receiving money. I also sell groceries.
When I first started, I used to sell a lot of different types of sweets in a makeshift stand locally known as a kantemba. I worked very hard, and it took me seven years to build my own shop in a proper building. However, things did not get any better because I did not have a lot of stock, and there was nothing to entice customers to my shop. In 2009, I started to run mobile money transfers through Zoona. My business improved because even though I did not have a lot of stock in my shop, people would come in to ask about money transfers. This gave me the foot traffic that I needed.
Now that many people have come to know my shop, the money that I have in my business is not enough to satisfy my customers. I am appealing to the Kiva lenders to help me out with this loan so that I can add it to my working capital and have the freedom to serve customers who want to send and receive money at all times.
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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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