A loan helped a member to buy 40 pagnes (traditional cloth) to improve her business.


Durable Group's story

Madam Charlotte is a dynamic, young entrepreneur and client of Hekima who sells pagnes (traditional cloth). She is 34 years old and married with three school age children.

She sells her merchandise at the central market of Virunga. She started her business 7 years ago with the financial backing of her older sister. Madam Charlotte is also the leader of the "Durable" Group.

With this new loan, Madam Charlotte plans to buy 40 pagnes to expand her business and offer her clientele high-quality clothing. She hopes to buy a plot of land for her family, as well as educate and care for her children with her profits.

Finally, Madam Charlotte would like to thank Hekima and its partners for the support they bring to "nonbankable" clients.

It should be noted that a member of the group who cannot work this credit cycle has chosen to be in the photo to represent the friendship and solidarity she has with the 18 clients in this group.

In this group: Georgine, Edwige, Jolie, Christine, Nelly, Wivine, Leila, Angelique, Jean Claude, Mediatrice, Rachel, Moise, Mule, Charlotte, Serieux, Robert, Akonkwa

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Rebecca Smith.


This loan is special because:

It serves entrepreneurs in conflict-affected areas with few opportunities.



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