A loan of $2,500 helped a member two crates of Fanta, 50kg of beans, 20 litres of milk, 10kg of potatoes, 5kg of meat, I container of oil, kitchen salt etc.. and 10 pairs of shoes.

Atuwezeshe Group's story

Nyirahabimana M., who is the president of the group, is 49 years old, married and mother to nine children. All of the children are studying and three of them have finished their first graduate cycle at university. Her husband is a pastor and a servant of God in the evangelical church on the square. This customer, Nyirahabimana M., is an entrepreneur with a cafeteria/restaurant on the Goma-Sake-Masisi main road. She also has a small business selling shoes. She began her business around 2003 with her own funds which she got from her husband. Later on, at the beginning of 2009, she benefited from a loan of USD50 from IMF Helima. This new loan will allow her to stock up on new food products (two crates of Fanta, 50kg of beans, 20 litres of curd cheese, 10kg of potatoes, 5kg of meat, one container of oil, kitchen salt, etc.); half of the loan will be allotted to her shoe business. Furthermore, she has an ambition to become a wholesaler trader of shoes, given that this activity generates more profits than the cafeteria. Mrs M. is grateful to Hekima for its actions in helping poor women who are rejected by classic banks. The Atuwezeshe group is made up of 17 members although there are 18 people in the photo.

In this group: Kamwagarabi, Bora, Tulinabo, Zirirane, Mapendo, Zihalirwa, Nyirahabimana , Uwineza, Bulonza, Bukene, Akwila, Ziragi, Chibalonza, Ntawangake, Rhulinabo, Bibi, Kanatwa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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