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Be Forward Group
In this Group: Marian, Prissilah, Stellah, Francisca, Auxilia
Marian is a 37 year old married mother of two children. She lives in Kambuzuma, Harare, Zimbabwe. Marian's business has been mainly buying and selling goods, focusing on clothing materials, specifically shoes/footwear. Marian gets her stock from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Enterprising Marian heard about the opportunities offered at Thrive and enrolled for a loan and business training to complement her hard work. Marian says her previous loan from Thrive benefited her immensely as she now has ventured into another lucrative line of business. Marian has also added selling of pulling socks (pantyhose) to nurses, targeting up market medical institutions in Harare. Her notable clients are Rock foundation, Avenues Clinic, Westend Hospital, Baines Avenue Clinic among others. Marianne gets her stocks of pantyhose from South Africa.
Marian wishes to further her business and to be able to stock in larger quantities from the producers of the pulling socks (pantyhose). Marianne’s success in business has seen her being able to complement her husband financially in the household. She has been able to attain financial security and retain some savings.

Additional Information


THRIVE Microfinance is a for-profit microfinance institution in Zimbabwe that was founded in 2012 by former Kiva Fellow Henry Bartram. The organization provides productive business loans that utilize the group lending methodology, lends only to women, and provides auxiliary training before and after loans.
Thrive is a small organisation with limited funds for fundraising. With your help, they have just passed a significant milestone of training and lending to 5,000 small business women in Zimbabwe. You can find out more at

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.


About Zimbabwe

  • $2,000
    Average annual income
  • 3
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    Zimbabwe Loans Fundraising
  • $4,195,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Be Forward Group's $2,450 loan helped a member to buy and sell pantyhose to nurses and other health professionals.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 4, 2014
Jun 16, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 17, 2015