Misozi describes her business as the service of sending and receiving money. She is very proud of the fact that she has been able to start her business from scratch. Before Misozi started her own business, she worked at Zoona as an Agent Administrator, which gave her a clear sense of how the business works.
Misozi is taking out a Kiva loan so that she can increase her float. Float is the working capital that she uses to serve her customers. Right now, the float is not enough because her shop is located in the centre of town, where the demand is so high that she cannot satisfy all the customers. She will also use part of her loan money to purchase a tin of paint so that she can paint her shop.
This loan will enable Misozi to serve more customers and earn more profits. The profits will help her to pay for her studies and help out at home. She thanks the Kiva lenders.
In this video, a representative from Zoona interviews Misozi at her shop.
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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