A loan of $5,000 helped a member to buy used clothing.


Umoja Virunga Group's story

Noella B. is the president of the Umoja Virunga group. She is 28 years old, married, and has 4 children. Her husband is a second-hand clothing salesman. All of her children are students except for the youngest. Immediately after the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano, which would go on to completely destroy the town of Goma in 2002, Noella started a business with her own funds selling used clothes, running the same type of business as her husband. She displays her goods at the central market in Virunga. This new loan should serve to supply her stock with one bale of (used) clothing, with the remainder being used to pay for her children's school expenses and to build up some savings for a safety net. Furthermore, she aspires to become a wholesale used clothing seller. Noella thanks Hekima (one of Kiva's field partners) for its work on behalf of the poor who are excluded from mainstream banking. It must be noted that the Umoja Virunga group is composed of 18 women, of whom one is represented by her husband, since she was unable to be there during the loan distribution.

In this group: Riziki, Joele, Noella, Chibalonza, Nzigire, Chiza, Nabintu, Menezo, Kavira , Bahati, Kavira Kanyere, Sifa, Namike , Katsuva, Riziki, Riziki, Kavira, Mpala

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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