A loan of $1,200 helped a member to buy shirts, footwear, suits, jeans, t-shirts, dresses, skirts, and African attire.

Vanilla Rose Group's story

Ellen resides in Kwekwe with her family. She is aged 36, married, and has five children aged 20, 16, 14, 13 and two. She takes care of two other dependents, who are school-going age. Four of her children attend school. Her husband is self-employed and assists his wife by bringing in additional income.

Ellen operates from a flea-market at Kwekwe, a small town near Gweru. Her flea-market has been in existence since 2003. She mainly specializes in products like shirts, footwear, suits, jeans, t-shirts, dresses and African attire. She has taken a loan of $400 which she used to purchase 20 pairs of footwear, 10 pairs of slippers, tuckies (sports shoes), clothing and cosmetics.

The main challenge she faces is that of high competition and theft by her employees. With a bigger business, she looks forward also to having her own boutique and saloon. She will also be able in a position to purchase household goods, look after her parents, send her children to better schools and improve her family's lifestyle.

In this group: Ellen, Esnath, Munashe

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