Bordered by South Africa and the Limpopo River to the south and Zambia, Malawi and the Zambesi River to the north, Zimbabwe was once known as the bread basket of Africa, with a prosperous economy based on agriculture, mining and manufacturing. Today Zimbabwe is one of the poorest nations in Africa.
So, we are proud to announce that we opened our first offices there in 2017 along with our first group meetings.
Over 200 women attended our first introductory meetings in April 2017 and many returned to the instruction meetings held the following week. The interest was considerable.
And now, at the beginning of 2018 we have the first of our Success Stories…
Because we are so new, our statistics are not as high as those for Malawi or Zambia. However, we consider the fact that we added 351 new clients by the end of 2017 a great achievement and will be proudly building on this to help many more clients in the future.
Here are the first of our statistics for the end of 2017.
There are a few differences to the way we have introduced our services to Zimbabwe:
- The first thing to note is that we are creating much smaller groups than those in Malawi and Zambia – 5 women rather than 15 or so elsewhere. Two or more of these groups come together periodically for group training.
- The biggest difference is that we use mobile money lend to our clients. This means that it will be easier and safer for clients and staff to handle transfers, loans, repayments and collect data. This technology will be introduced to the other countries in the future.