A loan of $3,000 helped a member to buy 3 bags of maize, sorghum, etc.


Espoir Group's story

Masika M. is the president of the Espoir group. She is 60 years old, divorced, and has 7 children, some of whom are twins. All of her children have their own families. She runs a business selling a local drink called Mandale. She began this activity when she was very young, and later benefited from a loan of $50 through the microfinance institution Hekima (one of Kiva's field partners) around 2008. She says that this business has helped her raise her children. She sells her products at her home. This new loan will serve to obtain supplies of the raw ingredients to produce Mandale (3 bags of maize, sorghum, etc.). Furthermore, she aspires to buy additional plots of land for her children. Masika is grateful to Hekima for its actions on behalf of the poor who are excluded from mainstream banking. It should be noted that the Espoir group is composed of 19 members.

In this group: Uwimana, Nyirasireza, Furaha, Masika , Bajize, Fitina, Chiza, Sifa , Bavuga, Nyirangirihe, Nyirakamana, Uwinwza, Uwimana, Mapendo, Kahindo, Sebyera, Urumubyenzi, Mapendo, Mubirizi

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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