A loan of $1,900 helped a member to buy dye, wool, grass and buttons for decorating bags.


Phelelani's Group's story

Elpha is 65 years of age, married with seven children, aged between 19 and 35, none of whom attend school. She also receives the government’s child support grant. She runs a small business selling from the pension points and in Durban, she has two employees for her business. She also takes care of five relatives who live with her. In the photo above she is standing in the middle of her group, raising her hand.

Elpha has been in this business for 10 years. She requested this loan through WDB and Kiva to buy dye, wool, grass and buttons for decorating bags. She says that the main challenge to her business is that she has only a few employees so there is not enough customer service.

In five years' time, she would like to have her own space in the city for her business to run smoothly and to hire at least five more employees. She says that the extra income from this loan will help her pay for her children's tertiary education.

She appreciates WDB and Kiva for helping her with this loan.

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



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