A loan of $3,925 helped a member buying foodstuffs to diversify her inventory.

Les Collegues Group's story

Farida B. (who is in the bottom left corner of the photo) has a kiosk in the Bwiza Neighborhood of the town of Bujumbura where she sells various items but principally manages a public telephone booth, also selling charge cards for mobile phones. To respond to her customers' demand, she intends to use her Turame loan to buy foodstuffs that she has never sold before now. She is confident that the diversification of her inventory will raise her profit.

Farida is 28 years old. After her secondary studies, she began to work as a secretary for a company selling mobile phones in Bujumbura. In May 2009, she opened her own little shop.

Farida is married and the mother of 2 little girls. The older is five and is enrolled in her third year of kindergarden and the younger is two. Farida is responsible for two other girls, aged 15 and 14, whom she brought back from the Congo (DRC) because their parents were not able to support them.

Farida has one wish for her children: to see them succeed and live a very good life. She would also like to continue her studies in medicine, but she lacks the funds to do so. She would like to become a doctor or a nurse.

In this group: Philomene, Farida, Goreth, Jeanne, Philippe, Jeanne, Odette, Jeovanie, Vumiliya, Fatuma, Marie Goreth, Zainabu, Samuel, Pascal, Ella Pamella, Blaise Pascal, Gloriose, Renilde, Annonciate, Dorine, Janvier, Melance, Barnabe, Pascal, Claver, Mwajuma, Marceline, Emmanuel, Mediatrice, Tecla, Amandine, Anne Marie, Chantal, Pelagie, Evariste, Patricia

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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