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Total loan: $8,975

Jamie

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Kigali, Kigali, Rwanda / Arts

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A loan helped purchase retail products from local artisans and cover their overhead.


Jamie's story

Jamie is an entrepreneur who lives in the United States. She visited Rwanda and was impressed by the passionate women in Rwanda. She started the company called DuHope which makes jewelry and soaps to empower these women. This company also provides these women with counselling, guidance and social work services.

Previous loans helped to increase stock which gave the women the ability to work on jewelry on an earlier timeline and ensure high quality products and better designs. They make better designed necklaces, bracelets, rings, and more. This allows them to sell their products and pay the loan in advance. Not only that, but it also helps these women to earn income according to the unit of products made, and they are able to improve their standard of living and provide for their families.

Most of the raw materials they use in the business like kitenge and soap ingredients are from Rwanda, but many others like leather are purchased from USA and Kenya. Jamie managed to repay the previous loan on an earlier date, and she is requesting another one which will allow them to purchase retail products from local artisan groups. This will result in investing in those other businesses giving them a boost and allowing them to get back on their feet. The funds from increased sales will help to cover the overhead and also be able to repay the loan and buy more products. In addition, Jamie believes the women will keep improving their welfare and that of their families.