Total loan: $1,300

Genesis Group

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Chitungwiza, Mashonaland East Province, Zimbabwe / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy sheets and duvets locally and resell them in Mozambique. Also to bring solar items and clothes from South Africa.

Genesis Group's story

Failure at first does not necessarily mean success is out of reach. It just takes a person who can realize how close he or she was to victory for them to gather up the courage and try again. As a result of under budgeting, sometimes cross border traders starve at the border posts and there is a need for a person to be strong. That’s the mentality that Sarah, a forty-two-year-old mother of two, has in the way she approaches business.

Sarah is a cross border trader and she has been in business for seven years, since her husband died. She is in the business of restocking clothing and electrical items in Johannesburg, and then she moves around selling in the villages far from the city of Harare. Sarah came to a time when her bad debts book grew big; many people were refusing to pay her. Her capital got crunched to the point where she faced difficulties in restocking.

With that same spirit of crossing the border, Sarah managed to raise her capital again and resumed her cross border business in 2013. She is now also restocking sheets and duvets locally and reselling them in Mozambique. With this business, she bought her residential stand that she is building. The main hindrance to her success is that her business needs a lot of capital as she sometimes receives big orders.

In a group named Genesis, these women came to Thrive and received some training. With a loan of $400 Sarah hopes that she can satisfy demand. As a group, they need a group loan of $1,300 to achieve their goals.