Supporting Entrepreneurs with Kiva

We’re on a mission to empower entrepreneurs across the continent and enable a new generation of independent business owners. We believe entrepreneurs are the engines of growth in every community and they’re vital to our success in Africa. We work with emerging entrepreneurs in the countries where we operate, providing them with the technology, capital, and business support to start their own business as Zoona agents.

We’ve partnered with Kiva, the world’s leading crowd lending platform, in order to offer these entrepreneurs the financial support they need to get started. The Kiva platform gives individuals the opportunity to offer small loans to the entrepreneurs they want to support. The entrepreneurs are vetted by Kiva and over time the loans are repaid. Lenders are given the choice to keep their loan within the system to support more entrepreneurs, or withdraw it once they’re satisfied with the entrepreneur’s progress.

How You Can Make a Contribution

Since launching this initiative in 2010, we’ve given entrepreneurs access to more than $1-million in low-cost credit, helping them launch sustainable businesses across Africa. With Kiva’s unique “crowd lending” model, they enable the community and general public to play a role in supporting an entrepreneur’s success.

We know it’s ambitious to get thousands of individuals to work together to make capital available to emerging entrepreneurs, but it works and it’s been changing the lives of our agents since 2010. We believe we can inspire a new wave of entrepreneurship in Africa, and you’re encouraged to join us. Let’s make a real difference to the lives of these future leaders.

By lending as little as $25, you can help a Zoona entrepreneur build a sustainable business and provide real employment opportunities to women and girls in their community.

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