Total loan: $2,700

Way Forward Group

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Harare, Harare Province, Zimbabwe / Wholesale

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A loan helped increase the number of cellphones she imports to supply local stores.

Way Forward Group's story

Rosemary, 52, is a member of the Way Forward group and she stays in Kuwadzana, Harare. Rosemary is a widow and has three children. She started selling bread, snacks and sweets six years ago in order to feed her family and afford school fees for her children. After realizing that the type of business she had engaged in was flooded, she started trading as a cross border supplying cell-phones. In trying to establish her business, Rosemary has faced many difficulties as she did not have the proper documentation which meant constant brushes with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority and the police, who often confiscated her products. But that has since changed when she heard about Thrive. When she got her first loan, Rosemary was able to have the correct documents for travelling. She is now taking her third loan with Thrive. She is now a regular supplier of cell phones to 3 retail stores in Harare. She is now able to supply 200 Nokia and Samsung cell-phones at a given time. With a Kiva loan, Rosemary will be able to further develop her business. Mainly, Rosemary wants sustainability. She greatly appreciates the training that she received form Thrive. She is now able to use a daily record schedule which helps her understand whether her business is operating on a profit or a loss.