Total loan: $2,300

Tapiwa Group

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Harare, Harare Province, Zimbabwe / Food

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Tapiwa Group's story

Rachel, aged 38, is a member of the Tapiwa Group (Given by God). The group consist of five hardworking women who encourage each other to improve their businesses and their home situations. Since the formation of the group about a year and a half ago, the group members have shown their abilities in transforming their economic and social lives as they can now send their children to school, contribute to savings, and meet some of the household expenses, as well as putting food on the table for the family without waiting for the husband's income. Rachel is in the business of cooking and selling sadza (staple food in Zimbabwe), buying and selling refreshments and snacks. She started her business three years ago and from the good reception she received from the market she serves, she has managed to gain more customers and increase her revenue. Her wish in the medium to long term is to buy a delivery van to start delivering breakfast and lunch in companies around Harare Central Business District. With a $400 loan, Rachel can save more towards the purchase of her first delivery van. She and her group have made two loan cycles with Thrive in which they repaid successfully.