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Rumbidzai, aged 23, is a single mother with one child. She resides in Buhera District, Zimbabwe.

Rumbidzai is volunteering her time as a Camfed Learner Guide, teaching life skills education in local schools to enhance the skills for the children in her community. She also volunteers as a health trainer in her community.

Rumbidzai rents a table at the local flea market where she sells products such as bicycles, bags, shoes, jeans, shirts, skirts, track suits, and T-shirts. She has been running this business for one year now and it has enabled her to earn a living.

With the Kiva loan, Rumbidzai will purchase more bags, shoes, jeans, shirts, skirts, track suits, and T-shirts to increase her supplies. Her desire is to grow the business and build her own shop. She started her business for her to sustain her life and to provide good education for her only child.

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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

  • $400
    Average annual income
  • 3
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    Zimbabwe Loans Fundraising
  • $3,221,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Rumbidzai to purchase more bags, shoes, jeans, shirts, skirts, track suits, and T-shirts to increase her supplies.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 7, 2014
May 1, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 17, 2014