19 year old Plaxedes resides in Chiredzi District, Zimbabwe where she volunteers as a Camfed Learner Guide in schools teaching students life skills as a part of their education. The Learner Guide program is run by Camfed and supports children’s learning and academic achievement. To support herself, she operates a grocery shop where she sells food such as cooking oil, sugar, salt, mealie-meal, sugar beans, matemba (sardines), biscuits, sweets and stationary. Shandirai inspires young women in her community as an entrepreneur. She has been running her business for two years and has managed to employ one person during that time.
Plaxedes intends to use the Kiva loan to expand her business by increasing her supplies. She hopes to grow the business and increase its profitability to better provide for her family’s needs and for the needs of vulnerable children in the community.
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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.