A loan helped a member to buy oil, rice, and eggs which will strengthen her initial capital.


Tuhimizane Group's story

Madam Agnes is a client of the Hekima microfinance institution and presides over the Tuhimizane village group. She is 61 years old, married, and has 5 children who are all in school. Her husband is unemployed, and she sells various food products.

She started this business 30 years ago with start-up capital from her parents. She later involved the Hekima programme to support her business, during which it gradually evolved. With this new loan, she will buy oil, rice, and eggs which will strengthen her initial capital. The challenge her business faces is linked to the instability of product prices on the market.

She would like to develop her business and for her children to continue studying. Lastly, she would like to thank Hekima and its partners for the support given to owners of unbanked businesses during the global COVID-19 crisis. The photo is only of the group leader because of COVID-19 in compliance with social distancing measures.

In this group: Agnes, Apoline, Adela, Egenia, Charlotte, Chantal, Ishara, Abina, Nelly, Christine, Scolastique, Pendeza, Odette, Opportune, Pascaline, Jeanette, Sylvie, Christine, Aminnata, Julliette

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Rebecca Thomson.


This loan is special because:

It serves entrepreneurs in conflict-affected areas with few opportunities.



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