Celebrating 2017

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By Julia Kurnia

In 2017, our community made possible a record 64,330 loan projects – almost three times as many as in 2016!

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“No word is enough to describe my joy at finding such an opportunity to get a loan from people all over the world.” – Jean David, Haiti

 

We continued to keep management costs below 5% of the value of the loans funded – so profits accrued to borrowers rather than to administrative overhead.

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“My kids are schooling in a better school and I have also managed to start a small business for my wife.” – Stephen Kiti, Kenya

 

In response to popular request, we built an in-house Forum to better facilitate discussions among members.

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“Formerly we could not afford three square meals, but after joining Zidisha for just 6 months, our life has improved tremendously.” – Bayor Youssif Mashuud, Ghana

 

27% of borrowers joined via our Android app – up from just 2% in 2016.

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“You have made me to put a smile on my sister’s face after a long struggle of no avail for her to go to college.” – Beatrice, Kenya

 

Borrowers and lenders shared 166,364 project updates and messages of encouragement in loan discussions.

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“One year after joining Zidisha, I have a business where I employ four staff.” – Christian Golo, Ghana

 

Our top borrower countries in 2017 were Kenya, Indonesia and Ghana.

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“Zidisha is the best thing that has ever happened to me in the world.” – Boabeng Bright, Ghana

 

1,444 borrowers gave back to the Zidisha community by serving as Volunteer Mentors.

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“l am using part of the profits to further my education in the University now.” – Wise Alormenu, Ghana

 

Our incredible volunteer team responded to 40,910 support tickets!

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“Had it not been for your affordable loans offered to entrepreneurs, I would not have ended up in university.” – Daniel Anarfi, Ghana

 

Our engineering team added 6,609 new features, bug fixes and design improvements to the Zidisha website code.

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“This has been so beautiful… thanks to the Zidisha group you are awesome.” – Joseph Kawiti, Kenya

 

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who came together to make this incredible year happen.  It’s a legacy for each of us to celebrate.

Help us make 2018 a life-changing year for even more deserving entrepreneurs.  Check out our latest projects here.

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