A loan helped a member to stock up on bales of used clothing to reinforce her original capital.


Uzima Group's story

Marceline is an IMF Hekima client and president of the "Uzima" groupe villageoise. She is married, 55 years old and the mother of three children. They all go to school. Her partner is unemployed.

She is a used clothing vendor. She started this business 15 years ago with start-up funds from her husband. Later she joined the Hekima program to support her business which she has developed progressively. With this new loan she will stock up on bales of used clothing to reinforce her original capital. The challenge for her business is a lack of customers.

She would like her children to continue to study and for her business to develop. Finally she thanks Hekima and it's partner for the support provided to unbanked business owners during this global crisis connected to COVID-19. The photo includes only the group leader because of COVID-19 to respect social distancing protocol.

In this group: Marceline, Letitia, Aimerance, Eveline, Juslaine, Beatrice, Francoise, Masoka, Theodile, Murhabazi, Parvine, Marie-Chantal, Justine, Jeanine, Nzigire, Solange, Chanceline, Ortence, Djeny, Jean Luc, Aimerance, Arsene, Christine, Therese

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer leonardo.


This loan is special because:

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



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