A loan helped a member to buy 20 sacks of embers to expand her business.


Ushirika Group's story

Mwasi is a customer of IMF Hekima and she sells embers. She is an enterprising and dynamic woman and lays out her goods along the street in the working-class district of the town. She is leader of the Ushirika group, 36 years old and mother to three children, who are all at school.

She began her business with income from her salary, when she was a cleaner and housekeeper in the residence of a civil servant working for an NGO. At the beginning of 2014 she joined IMF Hekima's loan program in order to boost her capital.

With this new loan she is going to buy 20 sacks of embers to grow her business and provide her customers with embers satisfying environment protection standards. She would like to be able to educate and feed her children. Finally she thanks Hekima and its partners for the support they provide to entrepreneurs who cannot access bank funding. Thanks to loans from Hekima she can take care of her children.

In this group: Monique, Pierre, Francoise, Jackson, Mwasi, Asha, Elie, Vassyly, Huguens, Samuel, Antoinnette, Serge, Merveille, Aziza, John, Josue, Narcisse

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras.


This loan is special because:

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



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