Total loan: $1,350

Hopeview Group

Chitungwiza, Mashonaland East Province, Zimbabwe / Agriculture

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A loan helped to purchase inputs for farming.

Hopeview Group's story

Gloria is always the subject of gossip in her community due to her hard work and experience. She is envied even by men in her community wishing that they had the strength and zeal she possesses. She mops the morning dew with her wrap around as she visits her gardens in the early morning and she is normally one of the last people to leave the gardens at dusk. Most people whisper that the only time they see Gloria resting is when she goes to sleep. She is often quoted as saying "why should I be resting when I know I will finally rest when I die".

Gloria cultivates two beautiful gardens, which are always well prepared and well looked after. She sells her vegetables at the market in nearby Chitungwiza. She started her business nine years ago. The name of her group is Hopeview and it has four members, herself included. She plants green leafy vegetables like chomolia leafy vegetables, rape and also tomatoes and onions.

Gloria is 32 years old. Her husband is a professional welder who is self-employed. She has two children who are in primary school. She got a loan amount of $300 to buy fertilizers, seeds and pesticides. The total loan amount for the group is $1350. The group attended financial literacy training and they all expressed gratitude to Thrive after the training, saying that they already felt empowered by the knowledge gained.