Gerald Zhou voted CEO of the year at Megafest Annual Awards Dinner
Gerald Zhou was voted CEO of the year Southern Region at the recently held Megafest Holdings Awards dinner held in the capital of Bulawayo on 28 October 2016. Gerald Zhou is the founder and CEO of Inclusive Financial Services a dominant microfinance institution which is pro-development.
On receiving the award, Gerald Zhou said “it was a great, pleasant and yet humbling honour to be awarded such an accolade.” It is not the first time that Gerald Zhou has received glamorous awards. He was voted ZNCC businessman of the year Southern region 2015. Earlier this year he was awarded Zimbabwe National businessman of 2015 by Megafest Holdings. On the other hand Inclusive Financial Services has also received a number of accolades since its inception.
Inclusive Financial Services was founded by Gerald Zhou in 2012. The organisation has not remained stagnant. It has grown rapidly to become one of the dominant microfinance institutions. The organisation is pro-rural. The organisation focuses on rural microfinance forming a web of agriculture value chains to assist smallholder farmers with various inputs for crops and livestock production.
Inclusive Financial Services has also become a dominant financier for women targeting to support women in entrepreneurship with loans. The organisation has heavily invested in understanding women business so much that most of the loans to women are reasonably priced and at times non-secured. Inclusive Financial Services is also lending to youths who are involved in various entrepreneurship programmes across the nation. Other products include asset financing, micro-insurance and green micro financing.