A loan of $2,700 helped a member buying more fruit for resale.

Vyizigiro Ii Group's story

Anastasie N., 36, is a businesswoman who lives in the township of Kinama in the Town Hall district of Bujumbura. She sells fruit (tangerines) in the central market of Bujumbura and she also exports some of them to Rwanda. She attended school through 5th grade. Her husband, Sinzobakwira, is also a businessman. She has been in this business for 20 years. She is presently on her 7th loan with Turame.

Anastasie has seven children. Her eldest son, 13, is in 5th grade; the next son, 11, is in 4th grade, the third, 9, and the fourth, 7, are in second grade. Her youngest children are 5, 3, and 6 months and are not yet in school. She is also responsible for two orphans.

She is requesting the Kiva loan to buy bigger quantities of fruit for resale, which will allow her to earn more profit so as to be able to save and grow her business. She hopes one day to become a rich merchant and be able to buy her own house and her own car. She also hopes that all her children will be able to finish their studies successfully. Anastasie has always preferred Turame loans over those of other financial institutions because no collateral is required. She is one of the members of a solidarity group called "Vyizigiro".

In this group: Anastasie, Jeanine, Sikitu, Sarah, Josephine, Dorothee, Cyprien

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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