Meet 35-year-old Allan. He lives in a town called Mpika, in the northern region of Zambia with his wife and 7-year-old son. He offers financial services to people in his community by providing the service of money transfers and bill payments.
Allan started running his business two years ago with the start up capital of $1,000, which he borrowed from some of his family. He has slowly built up his cash and is now working with a working capital float of $2,900. The proceeds from the business help Allan to provide for his family as it is his only source of income. He says running a small business without access to loan funding has been challenging. He has worked extra hard to insure that the business remains operational.
Allan has requested a Kiva loan so he can grow his mobile money business to service more customers by providing a safe way to send, receive, and pay bills through his shop. He will add the Kiva loan to his working capital, which will enable him to serve additional customers.
Allan is confident that once he receives his loan, he will earn more profits and improve his family's standard of living.
More information about this loan
This loan is a combination of the following:
1) Capital Growth Loan: an asset-based loan provided to both existing and new Zoona agents for setting-up or expanding their mobile transactions business. Part of the amount is an in-kind loan to enable agents to acquire assets for their mobile transaction business. For existing agents, the loan is designed to inject medium-term working capital assistance to purchase additional assets or expand to new locations thereby helping their businesses grow.
2) Electronic Float Advance: short-term liquidity assistance to qualifying Zoona agents to allow them to make mobile money payments when their electronic balance is too low to meet their immediate business needs.The loan is intended to provide borrowers with a boost to their electronic float to allow them to handle more revenue generating transactions and also give them a means to support transactions during peak demands. The borrowers will be able to draw down their electronic advance on a per-transaction basis. There are no monthly repayments, rather the borrowers will earn less commission on per transaction basis on the funds utilized from the advance.
Repayments will include fixed monthly repayments for the Capital Growth portion and a bullet payment at the end of an 18-month term for the electronic float advance.
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.