Judith is a 38-year-old woman. She is married with 3 children and lives in the Chikomba West District of Zimbabwe. She volunteers in schools in her community, offering guidance and support to students through life skills education. She has been successfully running a poultry project for 5 years, producing about 200 broiler birds every 6 weeks and selling them to the local residents. She started the business when she lost her job.
Poultry production is a thriving business in her community. Judith would very much like to increase her sales volumes and become a supplier to major supermarkets such as Food World. Judith will use the Kiva loan to purchase more broiler chicks and chick feed to increase production. This will enable her to improve her family’s standard of living.
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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.
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.