Total loan: $1,400

House Of Dorcas Group

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Harare, Harare Province, Zimbabwe / Clothing

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A loan helped to stock a variety of clothing as per orders from her clients.

House Of Dorcas Group's story

A mother is known for gentleness and nurturing, all these soft and feminine characteristics are in contrast to the hard drive and will power that pushes Dadirai Kajawu to persevere through hardships to shape the life of her family. After seeing that her husband’s income was not adequately meeting the demands of their family, she saw a need to step up and help him in providing for their two school going children. Dadirai is aged 33 years and her husband is not formally employed, thus relying on contract work. She is into the cross border business and she started this business in the year 2009. The cross border business has transformed her family life. She has realised profits that have improved their living standards. She restocks a variety of clothing, blankets and groceries from South Africa, Zambia and Botswana to sell in Zimbabwe. She has even opened a flea market at a nearby shopping centre in her neighbourhood. The good news of Thrive Microfinance supporting women businesses came to Dadirai and her colleagues at their point of need. They were failing to adequately stock their flea markets and did not have a wider variety of products. Thrive accorded with such an opportunity. They formed a group called House of Dorcas and attended training sessions which emphasized the importance of savings as a group. Their group has managed to become a source of motivation for Dadirai as they share ideas to grow their businesses. Dadirai has applied for a loan amounting $500 to finance her first 2016 trip to South Africa to stock a variety of clothing as per orders from her clients. Her business is growing and she is planning to have a bigger space to develop it into a shop specializing in selling clothes.