A loan of $300 helped to order more fish.


Ireen's story

Ireen is a 24-year-old entrepreneur who lives with her grandmother in the Chiradzulu District in Malawi. Ireen's grandmother is elderly and relies on subsistence labor to support herself. Ireen is the only source to generate reliable income to help herself and her grandmother financially. Ireen’s grandmother is also raising four orphans who are younger than Ireen. With the little Ireen makes, she manages to help with her family’s basic household needs. Ireen runs her business of selling dry fish, tomatoes, and green vegetables. Ireen is requesting a Kiva loan to increase her capital so that she will be able to order more fish and improve her overall profits. She plans to use the profit she earns to save money so she can retake her school exams, take care of her grandmother, and invest in her business. Ireen will repay the ‘social interest’ on her loan by volunteering 2.5 hours per week as a member of the CAMFED alumnae association, CAMA, following up on students who are at risk of dropping out of school to find out why they are missing school and to link them with the help they need to stay in school.


This loan is special because:

It is a 0% interest loan for young women with new businesses.



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