A loan of $4,650 helped a member diversify her business with food products such as cassava flour or palm nut oil, and improve the quality of the products she currently offers her customers.


Shishikara Group's story

Esperate N. is a 25-year-old merchant living in the Kanyosha borough of the Bujumbura mayorship, where she sells coal and commercial beer. She has been leading this activity ever since graduating from school with an A4 professional degree. Her husband Etienne Habonimana is also a merchant. She is now in her 6th group loan cycle with Turame. She is the mother of two children who are 3 and 1 ½ years old. She is requesting the loan from Kiva to diversify her business with food products such as cassava flour or palm nut oil, but also to improve the quality of the products she currently offers her customers. She hopes this will enable her to increase her revenue-generating ability, and also accumulate enough capital to become a wholesaler in the future. She will continue to request loans from Turame because their loan conditions are more flexible than those of other financial institutions. She is a member of the “Shishikara” communal loan group.

In this group: Esperance, Fabrice, A Marie, Charlotte, Chantal, Fidela, M Francine, Aline, Goreth, Remy, Juvenal, Felicite, Jeanine, Francine, Jacqueline, Anitha, Claudine, Gloriose, Jeanne, Fabiola, Marguerite, Fitina, Chantal, Esperatte, J Marie, Jacqueline, Mediatrice, Alice, Estella, Gerard, Pascasie, Emiliane, Diane, Stany, Chantal, Chantal, Beatrice, Phylima, Jacqueline, Regine
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell


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