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Zimbabwe, Bulawayo: Supermarket

By: Ralf Schroers

Fund year: 2021

My story

Economic and climatic shocks over the many years has increased the number of Zimbabweans living in ‘extreme poverty’ (those living under the food poverty line of $28.80 USD from 30% in 2017 to 42% in 2019 )

Small businesses make up 94% of Zimbabwe’s business population and many have been hit particularly hard by COVID-19 lockdowns.

The supermarket commenced trading in October 2021 and is run by Joyce. Joyce is the coordinator of our Bulawayo Microfinance Centre and has done a fantastic job ensuing zero misappropriation of funds during the project.
All profits from the supermarket will fund small locally-owned enterprises serving the community.

How Microlend helped

Microlend Australia’s capital investment project involved the purchase of a block of land and the refurbishment of the existing building into a small supermarket stocking essentials such as fruit and vegetables, packaged foods, stationery and photocopy service, personal hygiene products, and Barista-made coffee (one for the few locations in Bulawayo for quality coffee!).

Microlend Australia is seeking an additional approx. $7,100 (USD) for additional work to the property to ensure future success and commercial sustainability such as an on-site bathroom for customers and staff, stock storage room, and a privacy wall and outdoor furniture to create a pleasant alfresco garden for customers to mingle while enjoying their coffee.

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