The Republic of Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, neighbouring Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Angola. The capital is Lusaka. Zambia’s population is around 14 million people (2013) and the country is 752.618 km², which is more than 3 times the size of Great Britain.
Zambia, formerly known as Northern Rhodesia became independent on 24 October 1964. Its economy has grown more than six percent per year over the last eight years. Yet, 87% of the people have an income of less than US$ 2,- per day (worldbank.org) and 79% of the population has no access to financial institutions. Additional challenges to the countries development are high birth rates and relatively high HIV/AIDS rates.