Total loan: $1,550

Chipembere Group

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Chitungwiza, Mashonaland East Province, Zimbabwe / Food

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A loan helped to stock more groceries for her tuck shop.

Chipembere Group's story

Chiedza belongs to a group called Chipembere, which has two members. Chipembere is the local Shona name for rhino.

Chiedza’s tuck-shop is located in Chitungwiza, and has been in existence since 2012. Chiedza is aged 41, and she has four children.

Chiedza is a versatile woman who adapts to the changes happening in the economy. This adaptability has seen her survive in tough situations. When the cash shortage began, she was one of the first tuck shop owners to accept mobile money payments, hence drawing more customers to her.

Chiedza restocks from wholesalers in Harare shops with $150 to $200 per week and she makes sure that there is no empty space in her tuck shop, always being fully stocked. She makes sure that she keeps all her accounting records up to date, and she has a book where she keeps her daily sales.

Chipembere Group applied for a joint loan, and Chiedza wishes to restock groceries for her tuck shop with her share.