Total loan: $1,000

Groupe Muchukiwa

UVIRA, South-Kivu, Congo (DRC) / Food

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A loan helped to buy two cartons of smoked fish to resell to customers so as to support her family.

Groupe Muchukiwa's story

Muchukiwa began selling smoked fish in 2007, just after the death of her husband. Her in-laws came together and gave her $150 that she used to start up her business. Today her working capital has grown and her business allows her to pay school fees and feed her orphaned children.

Muchukiwa's main difficulties are her growing competition and the unstable exchange rates. Muchukiwa is the woman in a blue pagne (African wraparound skirt) in the photo.