A loan of $2,725 helped a member to buy six drums of palm oil.

Tuchukuliane Group's story

Kavira is the president of the Tuchukuliane business group. She is 46 years of age, married, and mother of 11 children, one of whom has passed away. All her children go to school, and her husband is a teacher.

Kavira works selling palm oil. She started her business with her own funds which she received from her husband. Later she received additional funds in the form of a loan from the Hekima microfinance institution around 2002, after the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano. She sells her products at the market, and has had 22 loan cycles with the Hekima program.

This new loan will be used by Kavira to buy six drums of palm oil. She also plans to buy a plot of land and build a nice house. She thanks the Hekima microfinance initiative for its actions helping poor women who are excluded from the traditional banking model.

In this group: Bahati, Bauma, Chantal, Kavira, Oda, Lukoo, Ngabo, Ndaliya, Chekanabo, Kahindo, Kavira, Bauma, Makito, Bora, Adio, Aziza, Masambo

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert

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