A loan of $3,700 helped a member a sack of beans, 25 kilos of rice, two cases of Fanta soda, two containers of Rina vegetable oil, 20 kilos of potatoes, three bunches of bananas, 10 kilos of meat, some fish, vegetables, etc.


Ahadi Group's story

Ms. Tabu E. is the president of the loan group Adhadi.  (In the photo, she is the one raising her hand).  She is 55 years old and has eight children, among whom four are appropriately studying and some are already adults.  Her husband has been unemployed since 1996, that is, since the start of hostilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

Tabu is the entrepreneur of a cafeteria (mini-restaurant) set up in the Virunga district at a neighborhood market.  She started this mini-restaurant enterprise with her own funds received from her husband after the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano February 16 and 17, 2002 which completely destroyed the city of Goma.  Stricken and homeless, she too found herself a victim of this volcanic eruption.

Her initial capital was $100.  A little later, she was informed of the micro-finance institution Hekima, which lends to the poor, without any collateral, through loan groups.  From that, she is benefiting from her first reinforcement loan.

With the loan from MFI Hekima, Tabu wishes to increase her sales by buying:  a sack of beans, 25 kilos of rice, two cases of Fanta soda, two containers of Rina vegetable oil, 20 kilos of potatoes, three bunches of bananas, 10 kilos of meat, some fish, vegetables, etc. 

The big challenge of hers is that people do not buy when there is no money in circulation.  Despite all this, she is deriving as much profit as she can, since food is the priority of all priorities of anyone.  She is comfortable with her business.

In her plans, she wishes to build a house on her former parcel of land where the flow of lava of the erupting Nyiragongo volcano crossed.  In addition, she is determined to cover the costs of her children's schooling on a regular basis. 

Tabu thanks the MFI Hekima for the repeated loans she receives without any collateral at all because, given these loans, she says she is managing to provide for her family.

The group Adhadi is composed of seventeen members, most of whom are women. 

In this group: Tabu, Kahindo, Bafuruma, Nyaweza, Kahambu , Kabuo, Alimasi, Omoyi, Ilunga , Alysee, Nyangabo, Kahambu , Kabuo, Katungu, Kavira, Tsongo, Kavira
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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