Total loan: $2,000

Green Ladies Group

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Chitungwiza, Mashonaland East Province, Zimbabwe / Clothing

Green Ladies Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped by restocking more clothes from Mozambique and opening up more tables as she used to have before.

Green Ladies Group's story

One cannot choose how and when someone you are close to should die but one can only choose how you will live afterwards. Mary (39) of the Green ladies group is a widow, mother of 5; the passing away of her husband did not shatter her dreams to see her children have a high quality education and live a good life.

Mary has been financing her children’s tuition through her business of selling second hand clothes at ‘mupedzanhamo’, a local market. Mary has been in the business of buying and selling clothes since 1998. She buys the second hand clothes in neighbouring countries such as Mozambique and sells them back home in Zimbabwe. Mary has two tables which she operates from. However, lack of adequate capital was hindering her to grow her business to its fullest potential. She was operating six tables before but her capital depleted after her husband died with whom she was partnering.

Mary came to know about Thrive microfinance through a friend and decided to join in October 2015. They were very eager to learn about financial literacy and business management through training offered at Thrive as well as the prospect of receiving a loan.

With a loan from, Mary hopes to unlock her business’ fullest potential by restocking more clothes from Mozambique and open up more selling tables as she used to have before.