A loan of $5,000 helped a member 20 cases of beverages such as Primus beer, Fanta, Mützig beer.

Esther Group's story

Niwetu Chihimbu, the leader of the Esther group, is a 56-year old widow and the mother of six. Her husband passed away in 1994. All her children study, and some already have their own households. She launched this business with her own funding. She sells beverages through a distribution center of the Bralima company (Primus beer, Fanta etc); later on, she received a loan of $50 from IMF Hekima, around 2008. She sells out of her home. However, recently her distribution center has been demolished as per the mayor’s decision concerning unauthorized construction in Goma. This new loan will allow her to purchase 20 cases of beverages such as Primus beer, Fanta, Mitsing [Heineken's Mützig beer?]. As a client of Hekima, Niwetu Chihimbu is appreciative of its services to the poor who don’t have access to the traditional banking system. It remains to be mentioned that the Esther group is composed of 18 women.

In this group: Nankafu, Zawaid, Shobole, Chibalonza, Fikiri, Libunza, Bitondo, Niwetu, Julienni, Chibalonza, Kavira, Julie, Muti, Asha, Bora, Lohaka, Siuzike, Therese

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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