A loan of $1,275 helped a member buy shirts and pants for men, women and children.

Jyambere Group's story

Germain U. was born in Bugesera, in the Sake district in the Eastern part of the country. He is 33 years old. His eldest child is 6 and the youngest 2 years old. His education level is primary.

He lives with his family in Sake Bugesera, and five of his children attend school. He earns his living together with his wife and they seek to improve their family’s living conditions. He retails clothing, and with this loan intends to buy shirts and pants for men, women and children. His business is located in the commercial area of Sake, which is a developing rural centre. He was able to build a house where he lives together with his family.

He belongs to a solidarity group named Jyambere, whose members are all merchants and provide each other with mutual guarantee. Jérémie and his group work to ensure their family’s subsistence, improve their living conditions, and provide schooling for their children.

In fact, the group has obtained a loan from the Amasezerano Community Banking association, to buy items for resale in their commerce. Part of the profit is reinvested to ensure the group’s financial stability, and put into savings to prepare for a prosperous future.

In this group: Germain, Ruth, Jean Damascène, Thérese, Claude, Annonciata, Jean Paul, Donath, Edouard, François

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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