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Total loan: $2,050

Bridgeview Group

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Harare, Harare Province, Zimbabwe / Services

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A loan helped To buy enough material to supply her market.

Bridgeview Group's story

Early morning before the break of dawn, a woman named Jane wakes up to cut cloth. She then goes to her sewing machine and starts sewing school uniforms. Due to the constant blackouts caused by the electricity load shedding, Jane has to sew the uniforms using her manual sewing machine in candle light. Although her eyes have been affected by years of straining from sewing in a dimly lit room, Jane remains strong and continues working for her family. Just as the first rays of the sun start emerging in the blue June sky, she leaves her work and prepares breakfast for her four children. When her children leave home for school, Jane goes to the market, were she does most of her work. At the market place, where many other tailors operate, Jane finds some of her customers already waiting for the uniforms and others for placing orders for more uniforms. Most of her customers sell these uniforms in the rural areas at more affordable as prices compared to those charged in shops. Jane has been in this business for more than 10 years now. She has two girls under her employ, helping her with sewing and selling the uniforms. She markets her business through word of mouth and going from school to school advertising the uniforms she sews. Jane has received many tenders from schools and colleges that are interested in her work. Her challenge is the lack of funding to buy the adequate material to sew these uniforms. Along with her friends who are also tailors, they formed a group called Bridgeview. They hope that a loan from Kiva will help them buy enough material enough to supply their demanding market.