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Princess is a 19-year-old member of Cama living in the Nkayi District of Zimbabwe. She has been running a grocery business in her area for the past 18 months. She sells sugar, cooking oil, cereals and soup thickeners, as well as drinks. She is an area vice Cama chairwoman who organizes Cama activities. She is also a Camfed Learner Guide who facilitates sessions on well-being in schools.

She will use the requested Kiva loan to expand her business by purchasing more groceries at lower costs from wholesalers to sell at favorable prices to attract more customers. She will use the profits to further her education and provide for her family.

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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
  • 0
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    Zimbabwe Loans Fundraising
  • $4,195,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Princess to expand her business by purchasing more groceries at lower costs from wholesalers to sell at favorable prices to attract more customers.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 20, 2014
Jun 17, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 17, 2015