Total loan: $25,600


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Nyamagabe, Southern Province, Rwanda / Food

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A loan helped to increase the inventory in her two small food shops.

Diane's story

Diane is one of the first and biggest entrepreneurs that AEC/Inkomoko has supported. Diane is a Congolese refugee who arrived in the Kigeme refugee camp with her family in 2014. Having started her business with $150 of savings that she brought with her, Diane has grown from having a small grocery store to the biggest food stores in the Kigeme refugee camp in Rwanda.

Diane is a fourth cycle borrower. The past three loans have helped her to increase stock, hire three refugee employees, open another shop, and fully pay back her loans. However, Diane faced some challenges this year because of COVID-19. The lockdown made her run out of stock, specifically because the Kigeme refugee camp had very strict restrictions that did not allow her to purchase stock to sell in her grocery stores. While Diane has a big clientele because of her great reputation and the amazing relationship she has built with her clients, she is, unfortunately, running out of stock to satisfy the increasing demand of her products.

A $25,000 loan to Diane will help her purchase stock in bulk so that she can fully satisfy the increasing demand and keep a good reputation in the Kigeme refugee camp.