A loan of $825 helped to purchase her trading booth outright, allowing her to own a portable storefront.

Kasongo's story

Kasongo is a 33-year-old single mother with three children aged four, three and one. She runs her own Zoona mobile money transfer business in Lusaka, Zambia.

Kasongo has always wanted to operate her own business. When the opportunity came through Zoona she quickly took advantage of it. Access to financial services in Zambia is both scarce and expensive. As most Zambians live in rural areas, distance and transportation factors hinder access to available financial services. Zoona is a company that specializes in low-cost mobile money and other financial transaction services by propagating an open network using small businesses called Zoona agents. Kasongo is a Zoona agent.

Kasongo believes her community benefits from her business in a very positive way because the service she provides is faster compared to other money transfer services and more often has enough cash to pay out receiving customers. Kasongo is requesting for her first Kiva loan to purchase her trading booth outright, allowing her to own a portable storefront and be able to eliminate her current rental payments.

Kasongo has many dreams for her future, she hopes to take her children to good schools. She also hopes to employ people to help her at her shop as she currently operates the business alone.

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