We’re not just about spreading the wealth — we’re all about spreading friendship, too. That’s why we make it easy for lenders and entrepreneurs to communicate directly with each other throughout the duration of their loans and beyond. Scroll down to see ambition in action!

Rachel Wambui     Feb 28, 2015

lots of thanks to my beautiful lenders am half way funded and happy.

Seed, fertilizer and fencing to grow maize and kale
Karanjee, Kenya

Samuel Yeboah     Feb 27, 2015

I am very greatful to my lenders, I invested the money into my food shop.
My trading capital is up, the stock is also up now neighbors can get whatever they need.
My family are so happy

Grocery shop
Accra / Adenta, Ghana

Alphayo Obayo     Feb 27, 2015

My photo in studio

Buying photo frames for photo/video business
Nairobi, Kenya

Franmiguel     Feb 27, 2015

Hi Mathews,
Its fantastic that you are undergoing training, you can never know too much about business.
Next thing is to think about how to raise the profit by 10%, then 15%...
For the support, Karibu Sana!

Additional kerosene stock
Nairobi, Kenya

Taylor Hanna     Feb 27, 2015

Dear Lender, (Hope?)

After meeting with a few of his roommates, I had the chance to sit down with Isaac last week in Legon at his residence hall near the University of Ghana. Public universities in Ghana are highly competitive and only admit students at the top of their class, academically and need or merit-based scholarship opportunities are limited or virtually nonexistent for would-be students. So he may be too modest to tell you but just being admitted and self-financing his education is evidence of Isaac’s drive.

Although his parents have been very supportive of his journey, Isaac didn’t have access to computers at home. The middle child of three, his mother sells provisions on the street and his father owns a bicycle repair shop. Growing up, his family couldn’t afford much in the way of technology. Isaac was first introduced to computers in school. But he made up for lost time by making the computer lab his second home – the instructors would teach him in off hours and let him practice taking apart and repairing the machines. Now, he says, “Computers are my passion… my calling.”

Isaac used his first Zidisha loan to pay housing fees at the residence hall. During his first semester commuting to classes from his parents’ home, he would often find himself in traffic for up to two hours in each direction, causing stress over being late to class or work, losing valuable study time, and preventing him from taking part in extracurricular activities. Since receiving his Zidisha loan, he moved into an airy dorm with three roommates (also Zidisha borrowers) and is just a short walk from class. Jean Nelson Hall consists of four stories of rooms surrounding a sunny rectangular courtyard with a basketball court and outdoor café. Residence halls make up their own small communities - each have unique personalities and rivalries and compete against each other in intramural sports. When I visit, students are reading and hanging their laundry to dry in the sun.

With three years left to finish his degree, Isaac wants to focus on his education while he has the chance – soaking up as many technical skills and programming languages as he can. He’s interested in programming and database management and dreams of a job at Microsoft. He hopes to use future Zidisha loans to continue to pay his school fees and to buy a faster computer that can handle his heavy use.

It was wonderful to get to meet Isaac and see his residence hall – all that talk about classes and student life made me want to go back to university! He is incredibly grateful for the support he has received through Zidisha and he is excited to continue his education.

Isaac – thank you so much for taking the time in between lectures and work to chat with me. We wish you the best with your schooling and career!

Thank you,

Ghana Country Ambassador

Loan to help pay fees for tuition & residence hall on campus
Accra, Ghana

Mathews Kerongo     Feb 27, 2015

Hi Michael,
Am still soldering on with the business and am seeing good progress,i managed to get 10 dollars-830 KES profit this week and this translated to increase of the profit by 5%, am planning to undergo atraining in accounts and finance skills to enable me get acquinted to cash management in the business for future prosperity.
Thank you once again for your continued support.

Additional kerosene stock
Nairobi, Kenya

Kevin Momanyi     Feb 27, 2015

Dear lenders,

The pictures below are not so clear because i have taken them with my phone camera which is not that clear but they can show my progress thus far on breeding broilers. These are my chicks which i intend to feed for the next 6 months for them to gain good weight for better sales.

Thanks in advance for your kind contributions to my loan.

To expand my poultry business.
Nakuru, Kenya

Robert Mutai     Feb 27, 2015

After getting my first loan of 50dollars, i bought a number of plastic chairs and ensured that my clients were well sited and have enough space.

Purchasing photocopier and camera for cyber cafe
Ruiru..kwa Kairu, Kenya

Beatrice Kaptwai     Feb 27, 2015

At the market selling my lessos and womens bras and material.

Loan to stock my african womens cloth materials
Bungoma Town, Kenya

Peter Mwangi     Feb 27, 2015

My loan was very successful thank you to all zidisha lenders.As i had budgeted for my loan i managed to purchase extra trays which improved my weekly profit by an extra $60.This has boosted confidence to the customers and lowered my out of stock costs.The earnings i acquired helped me to pay my university 1st installment fee which was due last month.I have also inspired my friends by opening and sustaining a new branch thanks to zidisha.I also have created a permanent employment for the young lady and young man in Mtwapa.I can now manage to take my family once atleast once a month.

Egg wholesaler
Thika, Kenya