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Micro loans for women impacted by HIV and AIDS in Zambia

The Big Picture

Goal: $50,000
  $30,000 raised
Forty-two percent of Zambia's population lives on less than two dollars per day, defined as extreme poverty by the UN. Low income and a high incidence of HIV/AIDS related deaths, has orphaned thousands of children. Orphans and vulnerable children live with extended families and face malnutrition, neglect, and abuse. Most orphans are cared for by grandmothers who have never been to school, have no regular source of income, and are unable to provide adequate care. These women need education and support. Our solution is to provide business training, small loans, and ongoing business mentoring to first time women entrepreneurs. Earnings from businesses help pay for food, rent, medicines, and school expenses. A better diet results in improved health, and higher school attendance. Open discussions on HIV and health encourage women to get tested resulting in HIV prevention. Loan recipients work hard, are more financially literate, and can break the vicious cycle of poverty and low education

Impact of Your Donation

Donations will be used to organize weekly support and repayment meetings, regular business training, business mentoring, business monitoring, and three loans to start a business. In addition, loan officers will visit businesses on-site regularly to advice loan recipients on record keeping, inventory management, pricing, costing etc.

Impact Areas

Focus Areas: Children, Economic Development, Education, Health, Poverty, Gender & Equality, Microfinance
Countries Served: Zambia

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