She is a cross-border trader who sells doilies, seat covers, African attire and bedspreads out of Zimbabwe but within the southern Africa region. She has been operating this business for the past nine years. She also gets extra income for the family from her farming activities and from her husband, who is a driver in Botswana.
Sithembile has requested this loan through MicroKing to purchase raw material (poly cotton, Java fabric, satin fabric, foam rubber, sheeting and mendy material) to make seat covers, bedspreads and African attire.
Her only challenges are the limits on goods to export and import and also hassles she goes through on crossing the border. However, she sees the extra income from this loan increasing her disposable income and improving her family's health and general upkeep.
She envisions herself owning a boutique and employing people.
Sithembile is thankful of the support being given to women.
Note: In the picture Sithembile is sitting.
About MicroKing FinanceMicroKing's loans are guaranteed against institutional default (failure of MicroKing to repay Kiva lenders if the borrower repays MicroKing) by MicroKing's parent company: Kingdom Financial Holdings Limited.
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This loan is administered by MicroKing Finance, Kiva’s first partner in Zimbabwe.
MicroKing’s mandate is to provide financial services integrated with advisory services and targeted training to the under-banked but rapidly growing Zimbabwean micro-enterprise sector. The intent is to mobilize the underprivileged as active agents in fighting poverty as well as to accelerate the country’s journey back to economic prosperity where Zimbabwe was once known as the “bread basket of Africa.”
Zimbabwean micro-enterprises are generally run by women and comprise a multitude of business types. Constraints on local production and manufacturing capacity have led to cross-border trading being the most common type of business.
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