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This is 39-year-old Gilbert from Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe. He is married with three children, two attending school. He also cares for one dependent.

Gilbert runs a service business where he prints batik materials. The business has been in operation for three years. He says the main challenge faced is lack of adequate capital to meet the increased demand.

Gilbert has requested a loan of USD 750 to buy more printing materials to meet pending orders. He says the extra income generated as a result of this loan will allow him to pay school fees for his children. In the future, Gilbert plans to own a printing company.

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This loan is administered by MicroKing Finance, Kiva’s first partner in Zimbabwe.

MicroKing’s mandate is to provide financial services integrated with advisory services and targeted training to the under-banked but rapidly growing Zimbabwean micro-enterprise sector. The intent is to mobilize the underprivileged as active agents in fighting poverty as well as to accelerate the country’s journey back to economic prosperity where Zimbabwe was once known as the “bread basket of Africa.”

Zimbabwean micro-enterprises are generally run by women and comprise a multitude of business types. Constraints on local production and manufacturing capacity have led to cross-border trading being the most common type of business.

About Zimbabwe

  • $2,000
    Average annual income
  • 3
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    Zimbabwe Loans Fundraising
  • $3,587,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $750 helped Gilbert to buy more printing materials for his business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 9, 2013
May 1, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 31, 2013