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This is 37-year-old Azara from Harare, shown standing while her friend is fanning the fire. A married mother of three children, two of whom are attending school, Azara has been operating a canteen where she prepares meals for clients for eight years. She says her main challenge is the fact that her canteen is in an open space and she is forced to close when there is bad weather.

Azara has requested a loan of $600 to buy non-perishable food for her canteen. She says the extra income generated as a result of this loan will allow her to improve her family's standard of living. In the future, Azara plans to operate a restaurant and a takeway in Chinhoyi.

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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.

About Zimbabwe

  • $2,000
    Average annual income
  • 3
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    Zimbabwe Loans Fundraising
  • $4,139,050
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $600 helped Azara to buy non-perishable food for her canteen.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 5, 2013
May 1, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 17, 2013