Micro Loans For Women Impacted by HIV/AIDS, Zambia

Mar 5, 2012

Story of a Zambian Woman Entrepreneur in Power of Love's Micro Loans Program

Brenda and her used clothing store
Brenda and her used clothing store

Story of a Woman who joined Power of Love’s Micro Loans Program and Received Business Training and a Small Loan 

We would like to thank our donors for supporting women entrepreneurs in Zambia take the first steps towards self-reliance. Here is the story of one women entrepreneur. 

Brenda is 42 years old with 4 children of her own and 2 other dependents to support. After her husband divorced her life was hard as her ex-husband refuses to support her and the children.  After her divorce, Brenda did not have a place to live, and two of her children stopped going to school due to lack of funds for school supplies. Brenda moved in with her sister but it did not help as her sister has 5 children of her own to support.  Brenda did not have any skills that she could use to earn money to support her family. In 2010, Brenda joined Power of Love’s micro loans program and received business training and a small loan to start a business.  She started selling peanut butter, and is now selling used clothing in one of the big markets.  At present, all her children are back in school and her eldest son graduated from high school in November 2011. With the earnings from her business Brenda has been able to rent a two room house and has taken the first steps towards self-reliance. We are very proud of Brenda as she now encourages other women in the community to run profitable businesses and has become their role model.     

Thank you.



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Project Leader

Alka Subramanian

San Diego, CA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Micro Loans For Women Impacted by HIV/AIDS, Zambia