Florence was one of the first women to join the MicroLoan Foundation project in Kapiri, Zambia, which is funded by Halcrow Foundation. Here’s her story.
A determined and driven entrepreneur, Florence was already running a business making school uniforms when she joined her local MicroLoan group. She had been operating for 10 years, but was still not making enough money to put food on the table for her family, which includes six children and two grandchildren.
Since taking out a loan, Florence’s profits have more than doubled. She also benefits from business and finance training, which has taught her to reinvest her profits to buy more stock. She is delighted she can meet her customers’ needs.
Florence and her husband are also now able to buy nutritious food for their family, and pay for their children’s school fees.
When schools closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, Florence’s business took a hit. But as schools reopen, she is confident her business will recover. Thanks to funding from Halcrow Foundation, and support from MicroLoan Foundation, Florence now dreams of opening her own tailoring school to inspire the next generation of local entrepreneurs.