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Kyakimwa, councillor of the credit association « Kimya » and a brave entrepreneur, is 39 years old and the mother of 4 young children who all go to school. Her husband works as a registered nurse in a local hospital.

Kyakimwa sells fish. She displays her merchandise at the central Virunga market. She started her business with funds received from her spouse. Later on, she received additional funding in the form of basic credit from IMF Hekima. She has been engaged in these revenue-generating activities for 17 years.

Kyakimwa has benefited from 5 loan cycles with the IMF Hekima microfinancing program. The insecurity in the interior of the province is a threat to the development of her business activities. This new loan will allow her to restock on fish (24 packages), and she will invest the rest in her business. She would also like to watch her children grow up and complete their studies, and build a house.

The customer thanks Hekima for its actions in aid of the economic and financial emancipation of women of insufficient means.
La cliente Kyakimwa, conseillère de l’association de crédit « Kimya », est un entrepreneur très courageuse, âgée de 39 ans, mère de 4 jeunes enfants qui étudient tous. Son mari est infirmier soignant dans un hôpital de la place. Elle est vendeuse des poissons. Elle installe ses marchandises dans le marché central de Virunga. Elle commença son business avec son fonds propre reçu de son conjoint. Plus tard, elle bénéficia un fond additionnel de crédit de base de l’IMF Hekima. Il y a 17 ans révolus qu’elle exerce ces petites activités génératrices de revenus. Cependant, elle vient de réaliser 5 cycles en profitant du programme de microcrédit de l’IMF Hekima. L’insécurité dans l’intérieur de la province constitue une menace pour le développement de ses activités. Ce nouveau crédit doit lui servir de s’approvisionner avec les poissons (24 colis) et le reste d’argent sera affecté dans l’investissement. En plus, elle souhaite voir ses enfants grandir, finir leurs études et construire une maison. La cliente remercie Hekima pour ses actions dédiées de pauvres femmes pour leur émancipation économique et financière.

Additional Information

Important Information

HEKIMA is a microfinance institution headquartered in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with branch offices in Goma and Bukavu. HEKIMA aims to contribute to the transformation of the economic, social, and spiritual lives of the economically active poor of the DRC. To this end, HEKIMA provides its clients with solidarity group loans to support income-generating activities. Despite ongoing instability and violence in its operating areas, HEKIMA continues to keep its doors open and provide credit and savings services for its over 90% female clientele.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Congo (Dem. Rep.)

  • $700
    Average annual income
  • 5
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    Congo (Dem. Rep.) Loans Fundraising
  • $12,347,800
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Kimya Group's $5,000 loan helped a member to buy fish (24 packages).
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 25, 2012
Jun 4, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 15, 2012