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Update on Coster

Coster is 45 years old and married with four children. He also takes care of three relatives between the ages of 7 and 24 years.

Coster provides financial services to people in his community by offering mobile money transfers. He works from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day except for Sundays. Currently, he employs eight people. He has four years experience in the business.

This is Coster’s fourth loan from Kiva. He would like to take this opportunity to thank his lenders for helping him grow his business. The previous loans allowed Coster to be able to add new products to his business. He also has been able to grow the number of outlets he currently operates from three to five. Furthermore, Coster has been able to grow his working capital and serve more customers sending and receiving money from his shops.

With some of the profits from his business growth, Coster has began building his own house, which is much bigger than the house he currently rents. He also emphasizes how the previous loans have helped him pay his children's school fees on time. He has repaid all the previous loans in good standing.

Coster has requested another loan from Kiva in order to open his sixth outlet near the army camp. He has identified a good location and is confident that once he sets up there, his new outlet will be profitable and provide an easy service to the army men and women who need financial services to send money home. He will use the money to purchase a trading booth and serve his new customers.

He plans to use the profits from his growing business to complete building his family’s home.

Previous Loan Details

Coster has requested a third loan from Kiva so that he can open a second mobile money transfer shop. This is the update that he sent in: Dear lenders, I am doing well in my business; the loans you gave me helped expand my business. I started to sell airtime, and this gave me some new… More from Coster'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
  • 0
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    Zambia Loans Fundraising
  • $849,075
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 5.6
    Zambia Kwacha (ZMW) = $1 USD
Paying Back - Currency Exchange Loss

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $4,475 helped Coster to set up his sixth mobile money transfer outlet near the army camp.
74% repaid
Repayment Term
19 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Disbursed:
Mar 4, 2014
Listed
Feb 4, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
This photo was used before for a previous loan for Coster. It was first posted on Kiva on Jun, 2013. Learn More