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Success Stories

We work with amazingly inspiring, enterprising women in Malawi and Zambia. These stories demonstrate the huge impact that the loans and training they receive from MicroLoan has on their lives, and how your support helps give hope, not handouts…

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    Olipa’s story

    Olipa Zimba Olipa is 17 years old and lives in Tamandani in Malawi with her parents, brother and six year…

  • My name is Christabel Mwansa Muntunga I’m 46 and a widow. I’m the treasurer for Tiyeseko woman credit group in Kafue Zambia. Tiyeseko means 'We Are Trying'. I’m a mother of four and live in a two roomed house with my two children and two grandchildren.
When my husband died in 2012, his relatives grabbed all of our properties and my life become unbearable. Since my husband’s death, none of my relatives and my late husbands relatives helped me financially.  I received a loan from microloan last year, my children and I used to struggle, back then we only used to eat lunch and supper. Since I got a loan from microloan, I’m able to provide three meals in a day for my children and they don’t miss school anymore.
I have been with microloan for over a year. I started with k700.00 (£57) and used to make a profit of k150.00 (£12) but now I only make a profit of k120.00 (£10) due to slow business in the country as of now. 
I have learnt how to calculate my cost, profit, loss and saving. I have expanded my business and order more goods to re-sell. I have a free mind and don’t worry too much about whether I’m making a loss or not. I’m able to work at my own time and not beg for handouts. My future plans are to educate my children up to college through profits made at this business.

    Christabel Mwansa Muntunga

    Last month Peter Caton went to Zambia to meet some of the incredible women we work with. Here is Christabel’s…

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    Annes Kambewa

    Annes is 36 years old and has been a client of MicroLoan for 10 years. She has taken out nine…

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    Enala Banda

    Enala Banda hasn’t had the easiest of lives; she started school late, as her parents, who were subsistence farmers, couldn’t…

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    Abigail is the chair of the group, is 45 years old and was one of the MLF first clients 14…

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    Malita Banda

    Malita Banda’s stall selling fish and tomatoes has enabled her to send her four children to secondary school, buy a bicycle and a bed with a mattress. All thanks to MicroLoan’s support.

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    With MicroLoan’s support, Esnart is able to send one of her three children to school. Help us make this three out of three!

  • Joyce


    Joyce is a MicroLoan beginner, on her second loan. She has gone from subsistence farmer to shop owner with MicroLoan’s support.

  • Dailess Tembo


    Dailess’ tailoring business, set up with the support of MicroLoan, helps send her four children to school. UK lenders via lendwithcare.org have enabled Dailess to further expand her business.

  • Alice Soko


    Alice Soko lives with her husband and 2 children in Chipata, Zambia. MicroLoan’s support over the last 3 years has changed her life. She is now running a successful business selling fish, rice and beans.

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