A loan of $925 helped a member to buy beads for traditional cloths.


Zamokuhle Group's story

Thandi is 58 years old and a widowed mother with seven children between the ages of 19 and 36 years old. She also cares for 10 grandchildren. She runs an art business selling beads and rents traditional clothes from her home in Empangeni, South Africa (KZN). In the photo above, she is seated on the left.

She's been in this business for five years. She also gets income from the government's disability and old age pension support grant. She says the main challenges for her business are customers who do not want pay and difficulty going to get stock since she is disabled.

She requested this loan through the Women's Development Businesses and KIVA to buy beads for traditional clothes. With the help of WDB and Kiva, she says that the extra income from this loan will help her put her grandchildren through school and have enough food for her family. In the future, she sees her business growing and improving and having a proper room for her material.

As a disabled women, she would like to thank WDB and Kiva for improving her life by lending her the money. Since 2007, no one wants to lend her money except WDB.

In this group: Thandi, Bongiwe Beauty, Siphiwe, Zanele Thembakuye, Sibongile



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