FINCA helps Zimbabweans living in poverty access basic services to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families.
For a long time, the reliance on kerosene lanterns gave Jane Namusisi constant worry. Now, a high-quality and affordable solar home system fills her home with clean, reliable lighting. “With kerosene lamps, I worried that the children would get burned in the house or there would be damage to my property.”
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Zimbabwe has long struggled to feed its own people due to severe droughts and the effects of a land reform program. While the fall of Robert Mugabe in 2017 freed up politics and the media, the country remains cash-strapped and impoverished.
Zimbabwe, along with much of sub-Saharan Africa, is on the verge of a crisis. By 2035, the International Monetary Fund estimates the number of Africans joining the working age population will exceed the rest of the world combined. To fill this surge, 18 million new jobs will have to be created each year for the next 20 years across sub-Saharan Africa. In the meantime, Zimbabweans rely on the informal sector for a chance to earn a living. In addition, access to basic services, like energy, water and sanitation, education, health care and agriculture, is often inadequate.
When poor people have access to financial services and life-enhancing products, they can earn more, build their assets, create jobs and cushion themselves against external shocks. FINCA is helping Zimbabweans improve their lives by supporting access to basic services through FINCA Ventures.
FINCA Ventures1201 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
Telephone+1 (202) 682-1510
2Poverty headcount ratio at national poverty lines (% of population)
3GDP per capita, PPP (current international $)
4Adult population lacking account at a formal financial institution