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Total loan: $600

Emmanuel Group

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Chitungwiza, Mashonaland East Province, Zimbabwe / Clothing

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A loan helped to expand the range of goods she can buy and sell to boost her business.


Emmanuel Group's story

Rumbidzai is a 25-year-old cross border trader. She is a member of the Emmanuel group, meaning “God is with us". She started her business in July of 2014. Rumbidzai initially got her inspiration from the Youth Guidance Expo that was conducted at her church. She recalls being told, “Don’t be ashamed of your story, it will inspire others”. Prior to the guidance expo, she used to look down on herself, but now she now thinks positively of herself and what she can achieve.

Rumbidzai raised $60 to apply for a passport through her hair dressing business. She also joined a five-member savings and loans group where she started saving on a regular basis. When it was her turn to get a loan, she traveled to Messina, South Africa where she started to buy clothes, shoes, and household goods for resale back home.

Rumbidzai now runs both her hair dressing and resale businesses. Before she attended training at Thrive, she only recorded her stock levels, restocking costs, and debts; now, she is also capable of keeping daily record sheets. She has also learned the importance of group work as her group members share ideas and help each other. Rumbidzai is requesting $200 to expand the range of goods she can buy and sell to boost her business.

In the next 5 years, Rumbidzai hopes to open a clothing boutique and a salon of her own. She also hopes to be a role model in her community in order to change other peoples’ lives through motivation.