Pellagia is an 18-year-old married young woman who lives in the Muzarabani District of Zimbabwe. She volunteers in schools assisting community health trainers in disseminating health information to students. She also operates a store where she sells products such as clothes, bags, and shoes, as well as grocery items. She started her business in 2013 to support her three siblings. She is very proud of what she has achieved so far in her business and would like to expand it. The loan will allow her to purchase more groceries, jackets, shirts, skirts, dresses, bags, and shoes to sell. She hopes to raise enough money to continue with her education and continue supporting 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.
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.