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 »
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. By supporting this loan, you’re helping an entrepreneur set up or expand their business.
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
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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:
- Apr 18, 2015
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.