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.
Important InformationHEKIMA 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
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