Irene is 18 years old and lives in Matobo District, Zimbabwe. She is an aspiring entrepreneur running a hair autré (hair products shop) in order to become financially independent. She started this business when she was 17 years old after she finished her schooling. She acquired training and experience from working in her friend’s hair salon. She inspires young women in her community as both a community health trainer and an entrepreneur. She would like to move the business to a more central location and increase her clientele base.
The Kiva loan will enable her to open her own hair salon and purchase a hair dryer, rollers, ceramic iron or tongs and hair products needed in her salon. Her hope is to provide for her family and improve her standard of living.
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Young women who live and work in the most impoverished, rural districts of Zimbabwe have very limited income, lack collateral and cannot access loans at affordable rates
Camfed's borrowers are young women who live and work in these remote rural areas and belong to the Cama network (the association of Camfed alumni). Most Cama borrowers will have received money management and business training through Camfed’s programs for young women who have completed high school. Borrowers will repay interest upon their loans as a "social interest" - through their volunteer efforts to enhance the quality of the education provided by their local schools.
Borrowers commit to contribute a minimum of 2.5 hours per week as volunteers. As Learner Guides, they will lead students through a new wellbeing curriculum that helps develop students’ skills and capacities for decision-making, problem solving, leadership, entrepreneurship, resilience, communication, and empathy.
The Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) is an international nonprofit organization operating in five countries in Africa that focuses on eradicating poverty in rural Africa by investing in education for girls and supporting the economic self-reliance and leadership of young women. Camfed provides support for the long-term, working with individuals from primary to high school, and through the Cama empowerment and community outreach group.
Kiva lenders’ funds are used to link women living in rural Zimbabwe to the capital they need to expand their businesses, support their families and contribute to their communities.