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Update on Mwila

Mwila is 26 years old and was born into a family of six. Now, she has a two-year-old son and lives in the town of Chipata, Zambia. Mwila is a successful micro-entrepreneur who has been operating her own Zoona mobile money transfer business since receiving a Kiva loan in mid 2012.

Currently, Mwila employs one other individual to assist in the day-to-day operations of her business; she hopes to employ more people in the future as her business grows. Mwila takes pride in her Zoona business and strives to create an atmosphere that is welcoming to her customers and keeps them coming back. She enjoys the opportunity that comes with being responsible for the success of her small enterprise. With Zoona’s platform, Mwila says her business has the competitive advantage of being cheap, fast, and easier to use compared to other competitors.

Upon receiving the loan, Mwila plans to obtain a new trading booth to set up operations in the small town of Nyimba, located in the eastern province of Zambia. This new location Mwila believes will bring additional profit and growth to her business. She’s hopeful that as her business expands it will enable her to take good care of her growing son. Mwila is thankful to the Kiva lenders for their continued support.

Previous Loan Details

Mwila has just completed her training with Mobile Transactions Zambia to start running her own mobile money transfer business as a champion agent. This is her story…. My name is Mwila. I am the mother of a 1 year, 10 months old son. I grew up in a town called Chipata, and I am the fifth born in… More from Mwila's previous loan »

Additional Information

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.

Concurrent and Successive Loans

Our Field Partners often work with borrowers over a series of loans as the borrowers build credit, take out bigger loans, and expand their businesses. In order to make it easier for our Field Partners to post loans for borrowers who have been listed on Kiva before, we allow them to post successive and concurrent loans for their Kiva borrowers. This means that our Field Partners are able to post a borrower's second, third, etc., loan on Kiva without having to re-enter all of the borrower's information.

This borrower has been listed on Kiva before, so you'll see an updated loan description, as well as excerpts of the original descriptions from earlier loans. Most borrowers take out loans consecutively, meaning that they receive a second loan after having repaid the first. However, sometimes our Field Partners give out concurrent loans, allowing borrowers to take out one primary loan and a secondary "add-on" loan along with it. These "add-on" loans are typically smaller than the borrower's primary loan and serve a different purpose. Because Field Partners can now post loans as successive and concurrent loans, you will be able to track borrower progress over time and see the various ways a borrower is working with our Field Partners through funds from Kiva’s lenders.

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About Zambia

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 3
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    Zambia Loans Fundraising
  • $849,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 5.3
    Zambia Kwacha (ZMW) = $1 USD
Paying Back - Currency Exchange Loss

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $2,175 helped Mwila to obtain a trading booth so that she can expand her mobile money transfer business to another town.
77% repaid
Repayment Term
21 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Disbursed:
Oct 30, 2013
Listed
Oct 7, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
This photo was used before for a previous loan for Mwila. It was first posted on Kiva on Jul, 2012. Learn More