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Chipo
Chipo is a 21-year-old businesswoman from the Mt. Darwin District of Zimbabwe. She is a hairdresser who is operating a home-based salon using the experience that she gained when she was still in school. Chipo is also a Camfed Learner Guide in her spare time. In this role, she has committed to leading life skills sessions at the local secondary school each week that school is in session. Chipo will use her Kiva loan to buy hair care products and salon accessories such as hair dryers, rollers, and combs. She has big hopes of building her community and becoming economically independent.

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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.

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  • $400
    Average annual income
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  • $3,246,575
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