Sinikiwe is the married mother of two children and lives in the Wedza District of Zimbabwe. She volunteers in a community school as a Camfed Learner Guide, offering guidance and support to students through life skills education. Over the past year, Sinikiwe has been running a poultry business that produces about 100 broiler birds every 6 weeks. She started the business when she wanted to increase her family’s income and she knew that poultry production is a thriving business in her community. Sinikiwe intends to increase her sales volume and profits, so she will use the Kiva loan to purchase more broiler chicks and chick feed to increase production. This will enable her to provide for her children’s needs, as well as pay school fees for her two siblings.
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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.