A loan of $500 helped to order more clothing and footwear for resale.


Ruth's story

Greetings from Zimbabwe! This is 47-year-old Ruth from Bulawayo. She is widowed with three children, all attending school. She also cares for two other dependents. Ruth runs a retail business selling clothes and footwear . The business has been in operation for 19 years. She says the main challenge faced is competition from bigger retailers. Ruth has requested a loan of $500 to replenish stock for the coming winter season. She says the extra income generated as a result of this loan will allow her to increase business capacity by opening more stalls as well as pay fees and rentals. In the future Ruth plans to open more stalls. Stock is bought outside the country where it is cheaper and sold locally at a profit, for example shoes bought for $1 will be sold at $4. The same applies to clothing.



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