A loan of $4,650 helped a member to buy more industrial stoves to expand her bakery business.


Kupakwashe Group's story

Stella is a member of the Kupakwashe Group. She lives in Mbare, a high density suburb of Harare known for high crime rates. Stella is an elderly widow who is in the business of baking and selling pies. In the picture she is with her team of bakers. The other eight members of the group are into selling groceries, grains and clothing.
Stella and her group mates help women in their community to empower themselves by giving them cooking lessons free of charge. During these lessons the women are taught how to bake pies and cakes as well as cooking other traditional foods. The group has raised money and bought an industrial stove which they use during the cooking lessons. They also rent a room in which they conduct the trainings. These women then go on to sell the food they cook in order to earn a living.
The Kupakwashe group needs a combined loan of $4650 from Kiva to finance their individual businesses and also to buy more industrial stoves as the one they have limits the number of women they can help at a time.

In this group: Stella, Annacleta, Rosalia, Dorothy, Ekenia, Blessing, Susan, Tracy



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