Total loan: $1,600

Siyabonga Group

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Harare, Harare Province, Zimbabwe / Clothing

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A loan helped To export bed-covers and sheets to South Africa & import clothes to sell at home.

Siyabonga Group's story

Siyabonga Group has four ladies who are hardworking and highly ambitious. Siyabonga is a Ndebele name which means thank you. The group was formed from the realization that the members needed to work together if they were to improve their businesses. All members in this group are cross boarder traders and they travel together for restocking and selling. Egina is one of the four women. She is 34 years old. She stays in Rugare with her husband who is a self-employed welder. She is a mother of four and all her children are of school going age. Egina sells bedcovers, sheets and seat covers in South Africa every month. She then comes back with clothing which she sells in Zimbabwe. The training she received from Thrive helped her to improve on planning and record keeping which she could not do thoroughly before. With the loan from Kiva, she hopes to increase the quantity of stock that she sells in South Africa and also the stock that she brings back to sell in Zimbabwe. This will see her sales improving as well as her profits. Egina plans to buy her own residential stand since she is currently living in her in-laws’ house.