Florence is a 19-year-old entrepreneur from Gokwe South in Zimbabwe. Florence really values the education that she received and wants other children in her community to receive a quality education as well. To increase the quality of learning for other students in her local community, she serves as a Learner Guide, teaching students life and study skills.
To earn an income, Florence has been successfully operating a poultry business for a year and a half. She produces batches of 50 chickens every 6 weeks and supplies them to the local community.
With the Kiva loan, Florence will purchase day-old chicks, vaccines, sawdust and feed to improve production and sales. She will use the proceeds from the business to further her education and improve her family’s standard of living.
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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.