A loan of $875 helped to buy a lot to grow cassava.

Marie's story

Marie M., age 40, was born in Butare, a province in southern Rwanda. She's married and the mother of four children, aged three to ten. Out of them, three attended school. Emmanuel's family lives in Nyamata.

Her business consists in selling cassava and tapioca, used to prepare FUFU (a staple food of Central Africa) at Nyamata's small market. She has seven years of experience in this field.

The loan from ACB is her first, and will help her to improve her business selling manioc and manioc flour and pay tuition for her children. It also improved the well-being of her family. Her savings enable her to buy two cows to get milk for her children.

In the future, she intends to become a large clothing reseller, and get a new sizable loan to increase her revenue. She will thus be able to buy a field to increase her cassava plantation, and supply other markets, such as the one in Ruhuha.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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