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Fortitude
20-year-old Fortitude runs her own poultry business in the Kwekwe District of Zimbabwe. Over the last year, she has grown her poultry business to its current capacity – producing about 50 broiler birds every six weeks and selling them to local residents. Aside from being active in her business, Fortitude volunteers in local clinics and schools as a janitor because she believes that a clean environment is healthy and conducive for learning.
She will use the Kiva loan to purchase more broiler chicks and chick feed to increase production. Fortitude would very much like to increase her sales and become a supplier to major supermarkets. With the profits from her business, Foritude will be able to continue her education.

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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. 

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
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  • $3,297,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
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    Loan transacted in USD