Meet Dominic: he runs a business in the mining town of Luanshya in the Copperbelt province of Zambia. He needs a Kiva loan. This is his story . . .
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.
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.