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Rumbidzai is an 18-year-old single young woman living in the Hurungwe District of Zimbabwe She helps young people in her community by conducting life skills education classes.

In addition to being a community role model, she started her poultry business in August after noticing an increase in demand for broiler chickens. Rumbidzai currently produces about 115 chickens every six weeks and sells them to the local customers.

Rumbidzai knows that she could sell more chickens each month if she could invest in growing her business. However, all her income is needed to provide for her two children who are dependent upon her.

With this Kiva loan, she will be able to grow her business by buying more broiler chicks and chick feed to increase production. With this investment in her business, her profits will increase, and she will be able to care for her two dependents and keep them in school.

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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.


About Zimbabwe

  • $2,000
    Average annual income
  • 7
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    Zimbabwe Loans Fundraising
  • $4,184,900
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD