Total loan: $1,300

Cross Border Group

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Chitungwiza, Mashonaland East Province, Zimbabwe / Retail

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A loan helped To buy a wider range of washing powder, plastic goods and other household items for resale.

Cross Border Group's story

The good life comes from hard work and knowing what you want to achieve. This is what Cathrine always says from the year that she commenced cross border trading. Cathrine, a 44-year-old mother of one, supplies washing powder and plastic items which encompasses dishes, buckets, tanks and chairs which she restocks from South Africa.

Having separated from her husband, Cathrine increased the tempo in her operations as she had to raise her little boy. As it is always said, sweet comes from sweat. Her passport can speak that she has been all over the SADC region merchandising clothes, seat covers and bedspreads. In recent times she has started selling water containers and small tanks. She identified a need for these given the water outages that have been plaguing greater Chitungwiza. She believes business should be about identifying community needs and meeting them profitably.

So far she has done well for herself and her son, who is about to complete his four-year degree program in environmental management without any deferred semester due to fee payment problems. He wants to pursue a career in climate change management.

However, demand for her products is at the apex as we are experiencing water outages in Zimbabwe; hence people have resorted to reserving a lot of water. She is sometimes failing to meet this excessive demand thus hearing about Thrive came as her breakthrough. She came in a group named Cross Border and she benefited a lot from the trainings. She is in need of $300 to restock her plastic containers in larger quantities to satisfy her customers.