A loan of $5,000 helped a member 20 meters of clothing fabric, six packs of thread, embroidery, 30 meters of poplin cloth, pay the rent for the workshop, etc.

Iragi Group's story

Munyerekane B. is the young manager/advisor of the Iragi credit loan group, with her hand raised in the picture. She is 38 years old, unmarried but sheltering five children who are under her care. Three of them attend school and two are not yet old enough.

Munyerekane B. runs a tailoring workshop named “Mama Jaquy (tailor/designer)”. Her workshop is located in the Himbi II borough, on W. Avenue. She started her business with $80, and a little later was advised that she had been granted a basic loan of $50 by the Hekima MFI, to help start up her business.

With the loan from the Hekima MFI, Munyerekane B. wants to increase her turnover by purchasing 20 meters of clothing fabric, six packs of thread, embroidery, 30 meters of poplin cloth, paying the rent for the workshop, etc.

Munyerekane B. biggest challenge is the seasonal nature of the sewing or tailoring business, which is highly dependent on festivities such as Christmas, New Year or Easter, special events such as International Woman’s Day, or peak periods for weddings. May, June and July are crisis periods for most tailors and seamstresses.

Munyerekane B. intends to diversify her activities through the retail commerce of general tailoring supplies, which she finds in Kampala, Uganda. In the future her ambition is to buy a plot of land in South Kivu, in Uvira, a town bordering Bujumbura in Burundi.

She wishes to thank the Hekima MFI for the loans she has been granted without any collateral, because thanks to these she has been able to take charge of her life, avoid the temptations coming from men, and protect herself from immorality and prostitution. She adds that she is also able to meet the needs of children under hr care.

The Iragi group consists of 17 people, for the most part women.

In this group: Munyerekana, Rughambwa, Tulinabo, Mulashi, Yalala, Katungu, Kavira, Chiragana, Masikilizano, Kavira, Luanda, Masika, Musumba, Katungu, Rusanga, Kabuo, Nzitukuze

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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