A loan of $3,500 helps a member to buy women's shoes.


Zahabu Group's story

Suzike is a client of the micro-finance institution Hekima and the president of the village group called "Zahabu." She is married, 42 years old, and a mother of six children, who are all in school. Her partner is unemployed.

Suzike sells shoes. She started this business seven years ago with start-up funds she received from her husband. Later, she joined Hekima to support her business, which continues to evolve. With this new loan, she is going to buy women's shoes, which will strengthen her initial capital. One challenge to her business is a lack of customers.

Suzike would like to see her children continue in school and to feed her family. Finally, she wishes to thank Hekima and their partners for their support to business owners who lack access to banking services in the context of this global COVID-19 crisis. The photo includes only the group leader in order to respect social distancing measures in place for COVID-19.

In this group: Suzike, Esperance, Elizabeth, Christine, Veronique, Gisele, Moise, Francine, Josephine, Nicole, Hawa, Kombo, Rachel, Viviane, Bunyege, Serge, Francine

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara.


This loan is special because:

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

Manon Genouille, Kiva staff

Manon Genouille
Kiva staff



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Repayment schedule

*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.

Loan details



Repayment schedule

*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.