A loan helped to purchase other types of fabrics.


Esperance's story

Esperance is a refugee entrepreneur and a mother of 6 children who all live in the Kiziba refugee camp in Rwanda. She owns a shop of fabrics called Kitenge, and she also makes clothes out of them. Esperance has not only been selling in and out of the camp, she has also been shipping the clothes to the United States.

Esperance's second Kiva loan helped her to increase the number of items she sends to the United States, where she was struggling to meet the increasing demand, especially for kitenge fabrics. Another loan to her will enable her to purchase other types of fabrics to help her make trendy clothing.

Esperance was able to hire one refugee employee to help run the business, but with this loan she plans to hire two more refugees to help her in her tailoring services.

Esperance is a big dreamer and a hardworking mother who has gone above and beyond to provide a comfortable life for her six children.


This loan is special because:

It helps refugees launch businesses to rebuild their lives.



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