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Bersey is an 18-year-old businesswoman. She is single and lives in the Shurugwi District of Zimbabwe. She has been successfully rearing broiler chickens for four months, producing 25 birds every six weeks. She was encouraged by other Cama (Camfed’s alumni network) members to venture into business so that she could reverse the cycle of poverty within her family. During her spare time, Bersey volunteers at her local schools assisting the students with study and life skills. With the requested loan, Bersey intends to buy more chicks, feed and feeding troughs to extend her fowl run. This would enable her to increase her production. With the additional profits she plans to better provide for herself and her siblings.

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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 Bersey to buy more chicks, feed and feeding troughs to extend her fowl run.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 20, 2014
Jun 29, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 20, 2014