Total loan: $1,000

Chihoro Bindura Group

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Bindura, Mashonaland Central Province, Zimbabwe / Clothing

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A loan helped to restock a variety of shoes and clothes to add to her stock.

Chihoro Bindura Group's story

Chihoro is a group with four lively women, who all operate flea markets in the Glendale suburb in Harare. The four have a background of working together; they also have their savings club that they have been running for almost a year now.

In this group is Lucia, who is aged 34. She is a married mother of four children. Lucia never had an opportunity to sit in a classroom like other children did in her childhood days. This was because her family could not afford school fees for her. This meant that getting a formal job was not going to be easy for her, but she did not allow self-pity to swallow her abilities of entrepreneurship. All she had to do was to learn numbers so as to be able to trade. Her husband, being her only helper, has been quite supportive in the running of the flea market.

Lucia specializes in selling shoes, clothes, and accessories. When she saw the Thrive brochure that her friends showed her, she saw the opportunity to grow. She joined her friends and they formed a group that they named Chihoro. The group appreciated business advice on record-keeping, savings, and group dynamics during training. Lucia used her share of the loan to restock a variety of shoes and clothes to add to her stock.