“I was born and brought up in the Eastern province of Zambia. My first trip to the capital city (Lusaka) was when I qualified to enter the University of Zambia. I am married and have two sons ages 9 and 2. My wife and I are expecting our third child. I have been running the business of Zoona cash transfers for a year. From the time I started, my biggest challenge has been to source working capital so that I can satisfy the customer demand, and expand my business. My business provides an essential service required for most livelihoods in a cheap and fast way. People come to my shop to send and receive money. This Kiva loan will help me realize my dream of expanding my Zoona cash transfer business in Chama district in the Eastern province. I will use the money to purchase a trading booth and use my capital to serve customers. My dream is to own a chain of Zoona mobile money transfer shops across the country, so that I can provide an essential service targeted at marketeers and people with no bank accounts. I am hopeful that having access to Kiva loans will make my dream a reality. Thank you.“
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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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