A loan of $1,175 helped a member to buy handicraft materials (dye, wool, mats, grass) and buttons for bags.


Phelelani Group's story

Elpha is 65 years old and married with seven children aged between 19 and 35. She sells brooms, mats, hats, bags and baskets at pay points and also in Durban. In the photo above, she is standing in the center of her borrowing group.
Elpha been engaged in her business for ten years and has two employees. She says that the main challenge to her business is the shortage of employees. She has many customers and sometimes loses them because of insufficient stock. In the future she hopes to have a formal place to sell her mats and make the business more sustainable in order to hire more staff.
She has requested this loan through Kiva partner, Womens Development Businesses (WDB), to buy more dye, wool, mats and grass for her handicrafts, and also buttons for making bags. She says that the extra income from this loan will help her buy enough food for her family, and send her grandchildren to school, extend her house and send her last-born child to university. She also said that she appreciates WDB and Kiva for providing this opportunity – she never thought she would see herself on the internet!

In this group: Elpha Thabile, Beatrice Phethelaphi, Nomvula Philisiwe, Bongiwe Beauty, Nokuthula Jacoline



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