A loan of $4,025 helped a member to buy production inputs for Mandrakwa, the local juice (corn, sorghum, etc.).

Ishara Group's story

Elisabeth is an entrepreneur and president of the Ishara group. She is about 39 years old, widowed, and mother of seven children. Her husband died after a brief illness.

Elisabeth sells Madrakwa (the local juice) as well as various other items. She started her business in her youth, with her own money. Her mother taught her about business. Around 2007, she received a loan from the MFI, Hekima, to increase her captial. She sells her goods from home.

This new loan will enable her to stock up on the production inputs for making Mandrakwa (corn, sorghum, etc.). The rest will be used to increase her stock of other items. In addition, she hopes to open her own shop. Elisabeth would like to thank Hekima for all of the work they do to help poor people excluded from the classic banking system.

In this group: Josephine, Elisabeth, Marie Rose, Nsamba, Nyamwigura, Amida, Nsimire, Mariamu, Adolphine, Masika, Batayo, Atosha, Naino, Mapendo, Rehema, Fatuma, Mwavua, Masika, Atoinette, Mikano, Safi, Uwase, Bushikwabo, Nyiramugwera, Mwavita, Josephine, Mangumangu, Asha, Tabu

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Holden Ferry

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