Rumbidzai is a 19-year-old single woman living in Mbire District of Zimbabwe.
Rumbidzai is passionate about helping to empower young women in her community. As an entrepreneur, she rents a shop at a local flea market where she sells jeans, shirts, dresses, shoes and jackets. She has run the business for 18 months and during that time it has enabled her to improve her standard of living. She really loves her business and would like to increase her sales volume in order to expand.
Rumbidzai will use the Kiva loan to purchase a large bale of clothes and shoes to increase her stock. Her proceeds will be used to improve her standard of living and create employment in her community. Her dream is to one day be successful enough to open her own boutique.
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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.