A loan of $2,100 helped a member to buy 20 pairs of shoes and 5 units of pagnes.

Utushike Group's story

Masika Maombi J. is an entrepreneur, the treasurer of Utushike Group, 51 years old, married and the mother of six children. Her husband is unemployed. Our customer Masika Maombi J. sells plastic shoes (called "bodaboda" in the local language) from her home and along the street. She began her business with working capital that she had received from her husband. Before starting this trade, she was a street peddler, selling groundnuts in public space, shopping streets, hotels, cafés, restaurants, snack bars, etc. Her initial working capital amounted to $100. Later, early 2010, she was granted a loan of $50 by the microfinance institution Hekima. She will use her new loan to buy new merchandise for sale (20 pairs of shoes, 5 units of pagnes, etc.). She told us that her goal is to see her children finish their studies. Our client Masika Maombi J. thanks Hekima for supporting poor people excluded from the traditional banking system.

Utushike Group is composed of 26 members. This photo was taken in the chapel, where the group has its business meetings.

In this group: Kavira, Luhinzo, Katungu, Shema, Riziki, Masika Maombi, Kavugho, Kabuo, Kavira, Bamba, Kabesha, Chance, Kaseraka, Kavira, Kabuo, Katungu, Kahambu , Hategekimana, Kavira, Bakurikiyira, Paluku, Amani, Serubungo, Ntaruzanaga, Kasereka, Kahambu

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Robert Mouris

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