A loan helped a member to increase her stock of animal prints for sale.

Animal Prints Group's story

Arts and crafts are creating a living for many people in Zimbabwe. It has shown how creative some women and men can be.

Tapiwa makes placemats from a special cloth. She restocks the materials she uses from local shops. After utilizing her skills of arts and crafts, she sells the output locally to the National Hand Craft Centre and also at the airport. Her targeted customers are both foreigners and local Zimbabweans. They are now able to market their products and the revenue they get they are now able to save to secure their finances.

She teamed up with her friends and formed a group named Animal Prints and joined Thrive Microfinance. The group had little knowledge about bookkeeping, marketing and saving. When they joined Thrive, their skills improved in handling business-related issues and they have gained much awareness about bookkeeping and saving.

They have now set savings as their key to financial security. They have made one loan cycle with Thrive and they have managed to improve their business through increasing their supply and gross margin. With this loan, Tapiwa thinks she will be able to make enough products to supply in areas like the Airport, Victoria Falls and Kariba as demand for her products is very high in those areas.

In this group: Juliet, Tapiwa, Jennipher

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