A loan of $5,000 helped a member 200 smoked fish and 400 fresh fish.

Tuungane Group's story

Kavira B. J. is president of the Tuungane loan group, and it is her raising her hand on the photo. She is a 48-year old widow and mother to five children, three of whom have their own homes and two who are students. Her husband passed away two years ago after a long illness. During all this time she has been the sole provider for her fatherless children.

Kavira sells smoked and fresh fish on a wholesale basis at the central market in Virunga. She began her small business with her own funds, a profit of $100 from a small commission. At that time she still lived in Vitshumbi, a fishing village situated alongside the west coast of Lake Verunga (known previously as Lake Edouard). She was delivery girl, intermediary and assistant to fish buyers coming from the town of Bukavi (south Kivu) and the fish farmers in Vitshumbi. She has been carrying out this fish selling business for the past 22 years.

With the loan from IMF Hekima, Kavira would like to increase her turnover by buying 200 or approximately two baskets of smoked fish and 400 or approximately three baskets of fresh fish. The main challenge of this activity is not to lose fish as a result of them rotting. For this reason she would like to buy a freezer. As far as her family is concerned, Kavira would like to send her fatherless children to school on a regular basis and see them get their diplomas so that they can do something useful for themselves and for society.

In the future, Kavira is planning to build a house with four bedrooms on her patch of land, which she will rent out in order to increase her income.

Kavira is grateful to IMF Hekima for her loans which she obtains without any material guarantee, since thanks to these loans she is able to provide for the needs of her children.

The Tuungane group is made up of 14 female members.

In this group: Kavira , Salama, Kavira , Mangwe, Kahindo, Maua, Zawadi , Nsimire, Moza, Kyakimwa, Kahambu , Mwengeshali, Lomea, Kigheri

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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