Total loan: $850

Makomo Group

Seke, Mashonaland East Province, Zimbabwe / Agriculture

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A loan helped to restock more fertilizers and pesticides.

Makomo Group's story

In a small village, there is a 25-year-old lady who is known by all the community members. Juliet is popular for her vegetable garden. She is a married homeowner with two children. Her husband is a teacher. Juliet has a vegetable garden of about one hectare. She started her garden seven years ago; she helps her husband to cater for their household expenses. Juliet usually goes to the market after every two weeks and she usually goes with 90-100 bundles. She restocks her inputs once per month from Beatrice and Harare to avoid transport costs as it is a long distance from her village. She sells her vegetables at Mbare and Lusaka markets. Since her garden is big enough, she uses hired labour, especially for watering vegetables and mulching.

Juliet formed a group with her two friends and the members of the group are united. They named their group Makomo, a name that means ‘Hills’. Members of Makomo are all based in the same village. Members of Makomo were happy to learn about Thrive since they were not sure of where they would get capital to increase their overall business activities. Juliet used her loan to restock more fertilizers and pesticides for her garden. The group attended training and they were happy to learn about record keeping.