Total loan: $1,550


Lilongwe, Central Region, Malawi / Services

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A loan helped to expand her mobile transactions business by attaining a kiosk and having a day-to-day float to assist her unbanked community and create employment.

Chimwemwe's story

Meet Chimwemwe, a vibrant 30-year-old Malawian woman entrepreneur. Chimwemwe is the mother of two beautiful children, the youngest of whom is a bouncing 5 months old!

Over and above her own household expenses, Chimwemwe is also responsible for paying for the schooling of her two younger siblings, who also reside with her in Lilongwe.

Being orphaned made things very difficult for her growing up. She had to forego her tertiary education because there was simply no money. Chimwemwe thus chose to start her own business as a Zoona agent, providing her community easy and secure access to money via a mobile transaction.

Since having opened her outlet, she has been able to enroll for a certificate in accountancy, which she is currently busy finishing. She would like to expand her business so that she can support her household while she studies comfortably, and plow all that knowledge back into her business.

With this loan, she will be able to attain a kiosk and the needed funds to provide financial services at her new location.

Chimwemwe thanks the Kiva lenders for their support.