A loan of $3,400 helped a member buying bananas to make banana juice for resale.

Tujimbere Group's story

Jeanne B. is the president of the Tujimbere group and sells banana juice in the Rugombo market. She is 30 and was able to attend school through 6th grade. She is married and the mother of five children, three sons and two daughters who are 15, 12, 8, 4 and 18 months. Only two are enrolled in school. She is in good health and affirms that she has no problems in life.

As a banana juice saleswoman, she chose to take out a loan from Turame because she was incapable of continuing her work with financial support.
She has just finished repaying her first loan of 100,000 Fbu. Her present loan request is for 180,000 which will be used to buy bananas. Asked why she chose Turame, she replied that Turame gives loans without requiring collateral the way other microfinance institutions do. She can't therefore leave Turame until she is financially independent.

As for her business, she gets up at two a.m. to prepare the banana juice which she then brings to her little juice stand. She only goes home when she has finished selling her juice. Normally, she never has difficulty selling all of it every day.

She hopes to have a happy life, both physically and materially. As for her children, she wants to be able to send them to school so that they also become able to live comfortably. She hopes to open a general store after her second loan with Turame is paid off. In conclusion, she encourages others to request loans through Turame, since Turame does not require anything before it gives out loans.

In this group: Loda, Pelagie, Janvier, Peresi*, Annociate, Esperance, Capitoline, Perusi, Olipe, Rachel, Cecile*, Aline, Mode, Justine*, Amiel, Odette*, Laurette, Rusi*, Hawa, Mariam, Adja, Georgette, Anithe*, Venerande, Raheli, Perussi, Serges, Jeanne, Titi, Joel, Seconde, Jeanette, Antoinette, Adeline, Angele
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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