Norest is an 18-year-old businesswoman who resides in the Mudzi District of Zimbabwe. She has been successfully operating a business buying and selling clothes for over a year and half. She sells stockings, shoes, shirts, skirts, shorts, pants, bags, t-shirts, track suits, and dresses.
When she is not working in the local flea market, she serves as a volunteer Learner Guide, assisting young students in the community.
With the requested Kiva loan, Norest intends to make bulk purchases of clothing items to reduce costs and boost her sales and profits. She is also looking forward to her business expanding so it can create employment opportunities in her community. Norest also intends to support her younger sisters.
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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.