Total loan: $900

Eye Opener Group

Chitungwiza, Mashonaland East Province, Zimbabwe / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy poultry chicks.

Eye Opener Group's story

Life was not easy for Susan after the tragic loss of her husband. As a single mother of two, Susan had to make sure that her kids are well taken care of and assure school fees payments. She went to South Africa to look for employment and spent few years working as a waitress in a restaurant where she was seriously underpaid, as she did not have the requisite papers. She decided to come back to Zimbabwe and stay with her family in 2010, but she took back with her the experience she had acquired and used it to start a canteen business. She even registered her small venture at the company registrar’s office.

Due to financial constraints Susan is still operating from home in Chitungwiza where she cooks and sells fresh chips, Russian sausages and roasted chicken. Fortunately for her, her dwelling is along a busy road for commuter omnibus operators. Her delicious and generously sized food portions have enabled her over the past four years to attract attention to her home-based canteen. Every lunch hour is peak time for her, men and women from all walks of life are becoming addicted to her cooking and service. She now has big pots, gas stoves and solar energy for her microwave oven and fryers.

To improve her profitability Chitungwiza has also integrated chicken production. She now serves her own chicken without having to buy it from elsewhere. Her next move is to find a suitable location at a busier shopping centre where she intends to open up a Susie’s Eats outlet. She and her group recently completed training at Thrive. Susan will use her loan to improve her chicken production and buy more chicks.