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Rosemary
Rosemary is a 22-year-old single woman who lives in the Mt Darwin District of Zimbabwe with her mother. She volunteers as a guidance counselor to young people facing challenges in her community. She is also a vibrant entrepreneur operating a general dealership shop from her home where she sells food items such as cooking oil, sugar, salt, cornmeal, biscuits, clothing, and household materials. Rosemary inspires young women in her community as an entrepreneur. She has been running her business for a year and she is very pleased with how far she has come. With the requested loan, she intends to increase her stocks to improve sales and increase profits. An increase in profits would mean that she will be in a better position to provide for her family.

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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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  • $2,000
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  • $3,458,725
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