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34-year-old Memory is a business woman living in the Chikomba East District of Zimbabwe. She is a single mother with two children as well as being an aspiring entrepreneur, striving to be economically independent. With her many achievements, Memory inspires young women in her community to be entrepreneurs.

She started her poultry business in 2013 after noticing an increase in demand for broiler chickens. She currently produces about 120 chickens every six weeks and sells them to local customers. She also sells eggs which she gets from her laying hens.

With this Kiva loan, Memory will be able to grow her business by buying more broiler chickens and chick feed to increase production. With this investment in her business, she will increase her profits and be able to provide for her family.

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More information about this loan

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. 

About Camfed

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.


About Zimbabwe

  • $2,000
    Average annual income
  • 43
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    Zimbabwe Loans Fundraising
  • $3,567,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Memory to buy more broiler chickens and chick feed.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 7, 2014
Apr 6, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 17, 2014