A loan of $500 helped to buy stock for resale, including clothes and footwear for men, women and children, and blankets and comforters.


Senziwe's story

Greetings from Zimbabwe! This is 44-year-old Senziwe from Bulawayo. She is married with four children, who all go to school. Senziwe runs a retail business selling clothes and footwear for men, women and children, and blankets and comforters. She buys her stock abroad where items cost between $1 and $20, and she sells them for between $5 and $60. The business has been in operation for one and a half years. Senziwe says the main challenges that she faces are the lack of working capital to boost her business, as well as competition from bigger retailers. She has requested a loan of USD 500 to restock, and change some seasonal stock to winter items. She says the extra income generated as a result of this loan will allow her to supplement her household income, as well as meet other expenses and to boost business capacity. In the future, Senziwe plans to have a clothing boutique in the central business district, and to have more stalls in the flea market.



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