A loan of $4,950 helped to increase her working capital and buy a small computer.

Tamara's story

Tamara is 22 years old and is excited to be expecting her first child. All her life she has lived in Lusaka, but now she runs her own mobile money transfer business in a small town called Kafue.

Tamara first got started working as a money transfer teller in her brother-in-law’s shop when she was 19 years old. She worked there for over two years and got to know everything there is to know about the business. She then underwent an intense training period and in September 2011, she was given her own shop to run in Kafue.

This was only the beginning. She has grown into a full-blown business woman who goes above and beyond to make sure her customers are happy. Her customers benefit from her business because there is no need to open an account. She is also located right in the heart of Kafue so customers do not have to go far to do their money transfers.

Her biggest business concern is that she is not able to give her customers the fastest possible service because she has problems accessing the internet due to the poor signal at her shop. She also worries about sometimes having to ask her customers to wait, as she rushes to the bank and back, to get money to serve them.

Tamara is sure that a loan from Kiva will change her business because it will give her the money she needs to buy a computer and increase her working capital.

Her hope is for her business to start making more profit by the time she has her baby.

In her video, Tamara is being interviewed by a representative from Mobile Transactions.

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