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Greetings from Zimbabwe! This is 49-year-old Precious from Bulawayo. She is married and has one child. Precious runs a manufacturing business. She specializes in the manufacturing of school uniforms for various schools around town, and outside as well. The business has been in operation for two years. She says the main challenges faced are unavailability of raw materials and other material for use in her business.

Precious has requested a loan of $500 to order more cloth. She needs to buy the raw material in bulk so as to cut costs instead of buying in smaller quantities. The price for a roll of cloth costs around $120, which is much cheaper by at least 30 percent than when buying in smaller quantities. She says the extra income generated as a result of this loan will allow her to increase business capacity and fulfill outstanding orders. This will also enable her to operate profitably on the finished products when pricing them. In the future Precious plans to open a bigger factory as well as a shop selling her products. She also intends to purchase modern machinery for use in the business, which will improve turnaround time.

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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
  • 39
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    Zimbabwe Loans Fundraising
  • $3,567,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Precious to purchase more cloth.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 30, 2013
Jul 2, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 17, 2014