Total loan: $7,850
Goma, North Kivu province, North-Kivu, Congo (DRC) / Construction
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A loan helped to buy 70 wooden boards.
Asifiwe Group's story
Mateene works as a retailer, and is a member of the Asifiwe business group. She is a 37-year-old entrepreneur who is dynamic and responsible, and is a widowed mother of four children (one of whom is at school and one still a baby). She works selling wooden boards for construction, and gets her stock in a warehouse on the main road. Mateene started her business with help from her husband, while he was still alive. Later, she benefited from a loan given to her by the Hekima microfinance institution. She has been working in this business for two years, and this new loan will allow her to buy 80 wooden boards. She hopes to be able to expand her business and become a wholesaler, as well as to provide her children with education, clothing and food. Mateene is extremely grateful to Hekima for allowing female entrepreneurs without access to traditional banking to become more autonomous, especially during this critical post-conflict period in the eastern part of the country.