I am participating in a socially responsible lending program called kiva.org. Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Learn more about them at this how it works page. Two of the people who I lended to was the Anenyasha Group (in the picture bellow).
The country they live in, Zimbabwe, is in Africa and has a very high unemployment rate. The current unemployment rate is about 60%. The capital of Zimbabwe is Harare and Zimbabwe also has 16 languages that are spoken. The Anenyasha group makes money selling goods like TVs and other electric goods. During the first two years of buisness for one of the girls named Grace , inflation made it hard for her to sell anything. At that time, she sold fruits and vegetables. Since, she was having trouble she looked to her other future employee Anenyasha for help. Soon they were together trading shoes from different places in Africa and selling them too. Now they run their own retail store. They are very lucky to have job. Only 1 in 10 people have a job in Zimbabwe and some sources say it might even grow to 95%.