Luvao is 53 years old. She started her business when she was young, using her own funds. For lack of means, she never attended school. She now sells empty shopping bags, buying her supplies in Kampala, Uganda. She has good business relationships with industrial companies such as Mkono, Polisac, Oska, Polipak etc., which supply her with her merchandise.
Luvao has a store in the city of Goma. Competition and a small capital are her major challenges for the development of her business.
Luvao will use this new loan to buy four bales of empty bags from a factory in Uganda.
In the future, she is planning to finish building her house, which is still under construction. She is extremely grateful for the support that the microfinance institution Hekima provides to small-scale entrepreneurs.
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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