A loan of $5,000 helped a member to buy 200 kg of sweet potatoes for $40, the remainder to be used to pay for the school expenses of her children and savings.

Faida Group's story

Kungwa Wilondja M. T. is the secretary to the Faida group. She is 48 years old, married and the mother of 10 children. Her husband is a minister, a servant of God in the Pentecostal community, 8th CEPAC (Pentacostal Community of Central Africa), in the city of Goma, Virunga parish. Her oldest son is 26 years old and the youngest is 7. Her 8 children are in school, except for one who has a chronic illness and another who has voluntarily taken time off. She has been selling sweet potatoes for 3 years. She started her business with around $20 provided by her husband. She displays her merchandise at a sales place on the street in the Kasika district, No. 1 Lualaba Avenue. This loan will enable her to buy 200 kg of sweet potatoes for $40 and increase her sales. The remainder of the loan will be used to pay for her children’s school expenses and to save for a rainy day. Sometimes she finds rotten potatoes as a result of poor preservation. She wants to change her business and buy a knitting machine. For her family, she wants to be able to easily send her children to school. Client Kungwa Wilondja M. T. thanks Hekima for its actions in favor of poor citizens excluded from traditional banks. It is noted that the Faida group is composed of 23 members and that clients Kahindo S. and Kahindo Luvatsungana are absent but represented by their respective husbands.

In this group: Kahindo, Kungwa Wilondja , Kahindo*, Kavira, Kavugho, Masika, Kahindo, Kahindo, Matabaro, Kahindo, Kahambu, Kavira, Bachondo, Kahindo*, Simutaki , Kitsa Kattsiwa, Miruho, Kavira, Nyota, Kahambu, Kabugho , Lokosa, Yvone
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Connie Archea

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