Total loan: $1,300

Tongai Green Group

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Goromonzi, Mashonaland East Province, Zimbabwe / Retail

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A loan helped to restock cosmetics, hair accessories and 25 kgs of dry kapenta (fish).

Tongai Green Group's story

Edith is a 35-year-old woman who has that zeal of being a great entrepreneur. She runs a variety of projects, one of them being buying and selling kapenta (fish) that she restocks from Mbare and sells at a Mutamba shopping center.

She also does hairdressing and has recently started selling cosmetics as well as hairpieces. She has a wooden structure that she is converting to a salon. She has also started selling clothes at a Mutamba shopping center. She believes that dedication and sheer determination yields success.

In a bid to expand her business Edith formed a group together with her three friends who are also aspiring entrepreneurs. They named the group Tongai Green. They approached Thrive Microfinance seeking a combined loan of $1,300 which they got.

She will use her $300 portion to restock cosmetics, hair accessories and 25 kgs of dry kapenta (fish) which she will repack into smaller packets for resale. Furthermore, she is looking forward to expanding her business and hopes to open a large wholesale business in Goromonzi Mutamba. She is optimistic about the future because she has managed to create a big customer base in her area.