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Grace is a single mother of three children, ages 12, 9 and 7. She is 32 years old and recently relocated from her hometown of Lusaka to set up her own Zoona mobile money transfer business in Chipata, a town located 760 kilometers away from her hometown.

Grace believes in hard work. Every morning, she wakes up motivated by the fact that soon her business will grow bigger and enable her to take better care of her children. However, she faces a few challenges, one of which is a lack of working capital. She is currently operating her money transfer business with a minimum working capital of $2,000. This is not hardly enough for her to serve her customers with ease, as she is constantly running out of cash and losing out on profits.

This is Grace’s first Kiva loan. She plans to use her loan to add on to her working capital float so that she can grow her business and bring in enough revenue to allow her to send money back home to her mother, who is currently taking care of her children while she settles down in Chipata.

Grace dreams of becoming the biggest Zoona mobile money transfer agent in Chipata. She thanks the Kiva lenders.

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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
  • 1
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    Zambia Loans Fundraising
  • $866,400
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 5.4
    Zambia Kwacha (ZMW) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,850 helped Grace to increase her working capital so that she can serve more customers and grow her Zoona mobile money transfer business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Sep 16, 2013
Aug 22, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 18, 2014