A loan of $4,650 helped a member purchase of 75 pairs of used shoes.

Twende Mbele Group's story

Jeannine Kabuo Tahirana is the president of the renewed and re-elected group for the new credit cycle that manages the Twende Mbele group. She has her hand raised in the photograph, she is a client of the sixteenth cycle, and she is 37 years old, married, and mother of 5 children all of whom attend school. Her husband has a small business, a pharmacy at Butembo, a commercial town situated in the Lubero territory which is over 410 kilometres from Goma
Jeannine Kabuo Tahirana sells second hand shoes at the central market of Virunga,she set up her small business with her own money ,a sum of about 50$ that she received from her husband. At that time she was selling fritters. After the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano from the 16th to the 17th of February 2002 which completely destroyed the economy and the basic infrastructure of the town of Goma, and of which she was one of the victims, she decided to change her activity and sell second hand shoes. She has been doing this for 8 years. With the loan from the IMF Hekima, Jeannine Kabuo Tahirana hopes to increase her turnover by buying 75 pairs of used shoes .The main challenge of this activity is that the sale of merchandise (buying of shoes) depends on the availability of money (the revenue of the population).In addition the competition of shoes made in Uganda/Kampala disrupts the prices.
Jeannine Kabuo Tahirana also practises small artisan activities, she weaves carpets to increase her income. In 10 years time, she hopes to become a wholesaler and no longer a small retailer. She aims to obtain her stock from the big commercial centre in either Kampala or Butembo.
In addition, Jeannine Kabuo Tahirana is a tenant, she would like to buy a piece of land and build on it since her husband works a long way away from her, and this would allow her to reduce the burden of the family expenses.
Jeannine Kabuo Tahirana is grateful to the IMF Hekima for the loans that she receives without any physical security ,for thanks to these loans she can manage to provide for her children. This Twende Mbele group is made up of 14 women members one of whom is ill (J. Matunda) and E. Kavira who are not on the group photograph, which is why there are only 12 clients on the photograph.

In this group: Zawadi, Kabuo, Shangano, Balisema, Kavira*, Makwesa, Matunda*, Singizia, Masika , Climentine, Oyala, Riziki, Nyiransabimana, Kavira
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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