Last updated July 3, 2013

Partner Description:

Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) is an international nonprofit organization 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. Founded in the UK and Zimbabwe 20 years ago, Camfed’s Model is one of partnership – with government departments, schools, traditional and civic authorities, parents and children – through which communities design and drive solutions that advance educational, social and economic progress.

The organization operates in five African countries: Zimbabwe, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. In 2012, Camfed improved the educational status of over 2 million children and young people through a network of 4,743 schools. Alongside direct support to girls and vulnerable boys to go to school, Camfed invests in improving the quality of education through resources and child protection and teacher training initiatives. This is particularly impactful in Africa, where the reluctance of many urban-educated teachers to take jobs in rural communities for long periods and the dearth of rural-educated teachers undermines the quality of the rural school system.

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Kiva lenders’ funds are used to help women living in rural Zimbabwe to expand their businesses, become more self-reliant, and simultaneously help young girls access quality education. In exchange for receiving capital and business support to establish profit-making enterprises, women borrowers will commit to repaying in social capital as volunteer teaching assistants in local high schools. Borrowers will teach girls Math, English and a Wellbeing Curriculum that covers critical skills including decision-making, problem solving, leadership, entrepreneurship, resilience, communication skills and empathy. In this way, Camfed borrowers will thus pay the “interest” on their loan in the form of social change.

Camfed’s impact:

The girls Camfed supports are identified by their communities based on need and potential. The organization helps them at every stage of their development, from primary school through adulthood. Its comprehensive programs enable girls to get into school, excel academically and maximize the value of their education after they graduate. By helping the most vulnerable and marginalized members of a community, Camfed is able to help develop school environments that benefit all students.

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Camfed begins by providing the school fees, supplies and uniforms that many girls’ families can’t afford. Through its extended network -- including trained school mentors -- the organization ensures that girls are fully supported emotionally and academically. This is especially vital for children who have been orphaned or are the heads of their households. After they graduate from secondary school, Camfed helps them learn how to manage money and launch small businesses. Finally, it offers them the ability to join the Cama alumni network. Cama members share a common commitment to supporting each other and giving back to their rural communities as leaders, trainers, entrepreneurs, health activists, students, professionals and champions of information and communications technology.

Awards and honors:

As part of its 800th anniversary celebration, the University of Cambridge named Camfed as its Charity of the Year. Camfed USA earned the highest rating awarded by Charity Navigator for its efficient financial practices. Additionally, former Camfed bursary recipient Abigail Kaindu was appointed as one of 10 global youth advocates to the United Nations Secretary General's Youth Advocacy Panel, part of a new Education First Initiative to put every child in school.

Images courtesy of Camfed.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Aug 15, 2013 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $532,500 $575,063,750
Amount of raised Inactive loans $500 $304,725
Number of raised Inactive loans 1 278
Amount of Paying Back Loans $494,500 $119,196,175
Number of Paying Back Loans 979 125,162
Amount of Ended Loans $37,500 $455,562,850
Number of Ended Loans 75 580,593
Delinquency Rate 0.81% 3.45%
Amount in Arrears $3,484 $2,701,152
Outstanding Portfolio $429,985 $78,368,672
Number of loanDelinquent 20 11,379
Default Rate 0.00% 1.08%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $4,937,756
Amount of Ended Loans $37,500 $455,562,850
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 15,266
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.07%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $406,266
Refund Rate 0.09% 0.78%
Amount of Refunded Loans $500 $4,479,350
Number of Refunded Loans 1 5,008

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 100.00% 74.23%
Average Loan Size $505 $419
Average Individual Loan Size $505 $657
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,824
Average number of borrowers per group 0 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $400 $3,440
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 126.18% 12.17%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 7.34 days 5.51 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $68.77 $75.90
  Average Loan Term 6.58 months 10.24 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 57 286,267
  Journaling Rate 44.00% 42.42%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.08
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.94

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2013 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Portfolio Yield N/A 59.00% 33.54%
  Profitability (return on assets) -0.3% N/A -1.15%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 138.00% 41.59%

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Field Partner Staff

Sinikiwe Makove
Gabriela Perry