Total loan: $3,450

Mwamba Group

Goma, North Kivu province, North-Kivu, Congo (DRC) / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy pagnes wholesale.

Mwamba Group's story

Valerie is a customer of the MFI Hekima and the leader of the Mwamba "banque villageoise". She is married, 49 years old, and the mother of 10 children who attend school. Her spouse is a teacher.

She sells pagnes (highly colourful and decorative West African cloth) and started her business 26 years ago, using starting funds she received from her husband. Later, she joined the Hekima program to get support for her business and she has been gradually progressing since.

She will use her new loan to buy pagnes wholesale. Her business' main challenge is a lack of customers.

She would like to see all of her children get an education and to develop her business. Finally, she would like to thank Hekima and its partners for the support they give to owners of non-bankable businesses.

Note: some of the customers wanted to be with their children in the photo.