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Mavis is 26 years old and married with three children. She resides in the Chiredzi District of Zimbabwe, where she volunteers as a Camfed Learner Guide; Mavis teaches new ways of learning to the children of the local school.

In addition to her volunteer work, Mavis has a small business at the local flea market. She rents a table to sell products such as dresses, hats, socks, shirts, skirts, track suits, and t-shirts. Mavis has been running this business for one year now and it has enabled her to support her family. Her husband also helps her with running the business. With a Kiva loan, Mavis will purchase bags, shoes, jeans, shirts, skirts, track suits, and t-shirts to increase her supplies and improve her profit margins.

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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
  • 19
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    Zimbabwe Loans Fundraising
  • $3,761,625
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD