Total loan: $500
Kwekwe, Midlands Province, Zimbabwe / Food
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A loan helped to buy a fryer and potatoes in bulk.
Helena is a 30-year-old entrepreneur who lives with her mother and siblings in the Kwekwe district in Zimbabwe. She runs a grocery shop. With her first Kiva loan, Helena bought goods for her shop. She used the profit she earned to start a poultry project rearing quails. Helena is now requesting a second loan in order to diversify her business by selling fried potato chips (French fries). She plans to use the profit she earns to expand her business and open a butcher shop. Helena will repay the ‘social interest’ on her second loan by volunteering 2.5 hours per week as a CAMFED Transition Guide, supporting other young women who are just entering CAMFED’s alumnae organization, CAMA, by delivering an orientation course with weekly sessions on topics including health and financial literacy, as well as by providing career guidance.