Doreen lives in the Chiredzi District of Zimbabwe. She is 27 years old and married with one child. She is actively involved in Camfed’s Mother Support Groups which assists orphans and vulnerable children in the community. Doreen is currently renting a stall at a local flea market and selling products such as shirts, t-shirts, bags, solar panels, trousers, skirts, baby clothes, and blankets to the community. She has been operating her business for seven months and it has enabled her to support her family.
Doreen hopes to expand her business and open her own store. She will use the loan to purchase shirts, t-shirts, bags, solar panels, trousers, skirts, baby clothes, and blankets to increase her stock. Her goals of securing an education for her child as well as meeting her family’s basic needs could soon be realized.
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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.