A loan of $5,000 helped a member 15 baskets of fish.

Neema Group's story

Masika A. is the treasurer of the Neema group. She is 40 years old, married to a farmer, and the mother of five children. All her children are in school except for the youngest who is only 2 years old.

Right after the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano, which completely destroyed the town of Goma in 2002, she began a commerce selling smoked fish with her own funds. Her starting capital was $100, and later she was granted a $50 loan from Hekima to strengthen her business.

She displays her wares along the street, at the “Two Lamps” point of sale. This new loan will enable her to resupply her stock of 15 baskets. The fish she sells come from Vitshumbi, the largest fishery of Lake Edward, also known as Lake Idi-Amin. Her biggest problem is the decaying and flaking of fish due to a lack of adequate conservation and processing techniques.

She would like to own a plot of land and build a home for her family, as she now lives in a family lodge. Masika A. – a client of Hekima - thanks the organisation for its actions in favor of empoverished citizens who do not have access to classic banking services. It should be noted that the Neema group consists of 17 members.

In this group: Masika, Kavira, Safari, Kahambu, Kahindo, Pascaline, Kabuo, Nguba, Zubeda, Manegabe, Kanyere, Masika, Kahindo, Kalivanda, Nguba, Kahambu, Kabuo

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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