Update on Cecilia34-year-old Cecilia has continued to grow her mobile money business. She explains how the business has given her a lot of opportunities and the financial ability to take care of her young child and 72-year-old mother.
Cecilia is a very energetic and hard-working individual. She enjoys her business because she gets to interact with different people and help her community by employing youth and providing a needed service. She currently employs three young adults to help with the business's day-to-day operations.
Cecilia is grateful to all her Kiva lenders for the financial support. She would like to let them know that her first Kiva loan helped her to serve more customers at her business by increasing her cash flow. With this additional capital she was able to increase her profits and is ready to expand the business by opening another Zoona outlet in the capital city of Lusaka.
Cecilia is requesting a second Kiva loan to purchase a trading booth for the new location. She will use the additional monies to help service her customers by boosting her working capital, which is used to serve the customers' money transfer needs. Cecilia is confident that once she begins to operate from the new location, she will earn enough profits to help her buy a piece of land so that she can build her own house for herself and her family one day to live in.
Previous Loan DetailsCecilia is a single 34 year-old mother with a five-year-old daughter. She operates a Zoona mobile money transfer business at a shopping center located in Lusaka, Zambia. Having been raised by her single mother, she now works very hard so that her daughter will have better opportunities and less... More from Cecilia's previous loan »
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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.
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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- Repayment Term
- 33 months (Additional Information)
- Repayment Schedule
- At end of term
- Apr 17, 2014
- Mar 18, 2014
- Currency Exchange Loss:
Photo from previous loan
Kiva allows our Field Partners to re-use the same photo for individual borrowers that have been posted on Kiva's website once before in a 24 month period, and we allow them to re-use group photos for up to 24 months, provided that 80% of the current group's membership is represented.
Taking, collecting, and uploading photos of borrowers is one of the most challenging elements of using Kiva for our Field Partners. In order to make Kiva easier for Field Partners to use, we have allowed them to post successive and concurrent loans without taking a new photo of the borrower if the criteria above are met.