Total loan: $1,500

God Loves Us Group

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Chitungwiza, Mashonaland East Province, Zimbabwe / Clothing

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A loan helped To increase the range and stock of safety clothing she sells.

God Loves Us Group's story

For the lives that we live are pre-destined and successes due to the abundance of grace; the echoes are clear that God Loves Us. Chipo is a member of the God loves Us group who believes that there are no traffic jams along the extra mile. She is in the cross border trading business. She mainly restocks protective clothing in the form of helmets, overalls and safety shoes.

Chipo commenced this trade in 2008 when her husband passed away due to kidney failure. They had one child whom she was left to take care of. Initially she worked tirelessly in the streets of Johannesburg selling round nuts and peanut butter. Chipo always strived for her baby girl to have a better life. Chipo then started to look for orders from industries and mines in an effort to start supplying safety wear. She constantly faced challenges in receiving her repayments on time but she considered her business as a battle, which she had to fight more than once to win it.

She is very popular in many companies around Harare and her business is growing at a fast pace. Chipo’s major challenge is the lack of capital whereby she has to wait for repayments in order to restock again. She came to Thrive together with her friends making the God Loves Us group. They acknowledged their benefit from Thrive training as they improved in record keeping and understanding the essence of savings. With a loan of $300 Chipo is hoping to increase her stock levels and introduce new products.