Micro Loans For Women Impacted by HIV/AIDS, Zambia

by Power of Love Foundation
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Summary

Our vision is to empower women by teaching them marketable skills so they can take steps towards self-reliance. This project provides business training, small loans, business monitoring and counseling to 100 first time women entrepreneurs impacted by HIV and AIDS in Zambia. Earnings from businesses help pay for food, rent, medicines and school expenses. Loan recipients are able to break the vicious cycle of poverty & low education, and become role models and the community is strengthened.
$30,000.00
total goal
$5,910.00
remaining
168
donors
0
monthly donors
6
years active

Challenge

Eighty percent of Zambia's population lives on less than two dollars per day, defined as extreme poverty by the UN. Low income, together with a high incidence of HIV, and AIDS related deaths, has orphaned thousands of children. These children live with extended families and face malnutrition, neglect, and abuse. Most orphans are cared for by grandmothers who have never been to school, lack marketable skills & are unable to provide adequate care. These women need support and education themselves

Solution

Our solution is to provide business training, small loans, and ongoing business mentoring to first time women entrepreneurs. Earnings from businesses started help pay for food, rent, medicines and school expenses. With a better diet, there is an improvement in the health of the family and children can attend school. With provision education in HIV care, loan recipients are better informed about HIV prevention, get tested for HIV, become role models for others and take steps toward self-reliance.

Long-Term Impact

We believe that empowering women strengthens communities. In the medium term we expect higher attendance in school via better health and nutrition, better knowledge about HIV, more women getting tested, and reduced stigma. In the long term we expect zero AIDS related deaths, zero new HIV infections, and a lower rate of unemployment. With 100 new loans, more than 700 people will be impacted directly and an additional 1500 people indirectly. Impact on the community is sustained and long lasting.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.poweroflove.org
New Loans and Business Training Provided
Our heroes - Stories of women who received loans
Impact of our micro loans program
About our Micro Loans Program

Organization Information

Power of Love Foundation

Location: San Diego, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.poweroflove.org
Project Leader:
Alka Subramanian
Founder/Director
San Diego, CA United States
$24,090 raised of $30,000 goal
 
266 donations
$5,910 to go
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