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Clarah is a 28-year-old entrepreneur and mother from the Wedza District of Zimbabwe. For the past year she has been successfully operating a small shop selling sugar, flour, cooking oil and stationery.

As a participant in Camfed’s program for young women borrowers (see below), Clarah is a volunteer Learner Guide. She teaches life skills at the local secondary school and helps clean the facility as well.

Clarah is applying for a 500 USD loan through Camfed to make bulk purchases of sugar, flour, cooking oil, boxes of matches and candles to sell in her shop. With the profits she hopes to earn, she will be able to more adequately provide for her family.

As her business expands and profits grow, Clarah’s goal is to establish a chain of small shops around the community. More shops would help her fellow villagers by reducing the distance they have to travel to buy groceries.

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More information about this loan

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
  • 39
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    Zimbabwe Loans Fundraising
  • $3,547,400
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Clarah to make bulk purchases of goods to sell in her shop.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 20, 2014
Aug 2, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 27, 2015