The member sell clothes (pagnes). She displays her goods at home on the avenue in a busy area. She started her business with funds received from her husband. Her husband, too, is a businessman.
Later she was granted a loan from the Hekima MFI. She has only been in business for the past eight months. This new loan will serve to buy five lengths of pagnes. In the future, she wants to buy a plot of land, educate, clothe and feed her children.
In summary, she greatly thanks Hekima for the empowerment of non-bankable women entrepreneurs, especially during this critical time of war in the east of the country.
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.
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