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Richard is a soft-spoken and assertive businessman with dreams of improving his mobile money transfers business. He is widowed and lives with his daughters in his hometown of Chililabombwe, Zambia.

Richard explained that he became a mobile money transfer agent in the year 2009, because he saw how people in his community were struggling to move their money. He says the business has grown as most people have come to learn about his business and genuinely like the service that he provides. Running this business comes with its own challenges, like working capital. Richard spends his days running to and from the bank to convert the money he has from cash to electronic and vise-versa, so that he can serve his customers. It is for this reason that he is taking out this Kiva loan, so that he can add to his working capital to help him serve more customers and make more profits.

Richard is grateful for the opportunity to be on Kiva and is happy that finally he will be able to slowly begin to realize his dream of improving his business. He looks forward to taking out another loan.

This picture was taken in Richard's shop in Chililabomwe.

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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.

About Zambia

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Zambia Loans Fundraising
  • $866,400
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 5,285.4
    Zambia Kwacha (ZMK) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $950 helped Richard to increase his working capital so that he can have more customers send and receive money from his shop.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Dec 11, 2012
Jan 5, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 17, 2013