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Brenda is a 19-year-old businesswoman residing in the Kwekwe District of Zimbabwe with her parents and siblings. She has been operating a flea market shop selling clothes for adults and children for the past year where she is assisted by family members. When she is not working at her shop she visits the elderly people and assists them with household tasks. Brenda is also busy volunteering to clean the local clinic. With the Kiva loan she will purchase high quality clothing, which will increase her sales and profits. With additional profits, Brenda hopes to own a boutique, create employment for the people in her community and meet the financial needs of her family.

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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

  • $2,000
    Average annual income
  • 5
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    Zimbabwe Loans Fundraising
  • $3,745,900
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD