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Greetings from Zimbabwe! This is 45-year-old Ratidzai from Harare. She is married and has two children. She also cares for two other dependents. Ratidzai runs a sewing business, producing seat covers and bed spreads. The business has been in operation for 15 years. She says the main challenges she faces are lack of capital and stiff competition. Ratidzai has applied for a loan of USD 500 to buy more fabric for her sewing. She says the extra income generated as a result of this loan will allow her to improve their standard of living. In the future, Ratidzai plans to open a big shop.

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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
  • 2
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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 $500 helped Ratidzai to buy more fabric for her sewing business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 6, 2013
Jun 4, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 18, 2014