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Francis

Update on Francis

Francis is a 25-year-old micro-entrepreneur who operates his own mobile money transfer business at Nakonde boarder. This is a boarder post between Zambia and Tanzania. The business is his only source of income, and he works very hard to service his customers so that he can earn additional income.

Francis received his first Kiva loan in May of 2012. He said that his business changed dramatically upon receiving the loan because he had more cash at his business to serve more customers. After this, he enrolled at the University of Zambia to pursue a degree in education while simultaneously operating his mobile money business.

Now, Francis has hired an employee to assist him with the day-to-day transactions at his business. Francis in now requesting a loan so that he can increase his cash on hand to serve more customers. Francis explains how the demand at the boarder post is very high and consequently requires a good cash flow to serve his customers more efficiently.

With his additional profit from serving more customers, Francis plans to open another outlet. His goal is to become a successful, well educated businessman in his community.

Previous Loan Details

Meet 25-year-old Francis; he owns a mobile money transfer business in Nakonde district. His shop is located on the border of Zambia and Tanzania. The town where his shop is located is one of the biggest border towns in Zambia, with a high traffic of business taking place. This is his story....… More from Francis'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
  • 7
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    Zambia Loans Fundraising
  • $857,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 5.3
    Zambia Kwacha (ZMW) = $1 USD
Ended with Loss - Currency Exchange Loss learn more
A loan of $2,850 helped Francis to increase his cash on hand to be able to serve more customers and grow his mobile money transfer business.
93% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Disbursed:
Nov 23, 2013
Listed
Oct 30, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Jul 17, 2014
This photo was used before for a previous loan for Francis. It was first posted on Kiva on Apr, 2013. Learn More