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Nanette is a 19-year-old businesswoman from the Guruve District of Zimbabwe. Along with being a volunteer Camfed Learner Guide, she rents a small shop where she sells groceries such as cooking oil, sugar, salt, maize-meal (ground maize), sugar beans, matemba (dried fish), biscuits, sweets, and stationery. Nanette started the business at her homestead last year and she is very pleased with how far she has come.

Nanette would like to use the Kiva loan to expand her business by increasing her stocks. She hopes to grow her business even more and increase its profitability to better provide for her family’s needs. She is also interested in doing her part to create more employment opportunities in her community.

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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
  • 7
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    Zimbabwe Loans Fundraising
  • $3,595,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD