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A loan of $4,175 helped a member to purchase 20 lengths of African print cloth.

Elia Group's story

Lwanda M. is an entrepreneur, the leader of the business group Elia, 39 years old, a single woman, and the mother of 3 children, 2 of whom are in school, while the other voluntarily left the scholarly ranks for personal reasons. The client Lwanda M. sells African print cloth (for African women's garments). She displays her merchandise at the central market of Virunga. She has run this business for 20 years. She started her business with her own funds, received from a family member. Around 2009, she received her first loan from the IMF Hekima in order to strengthen her capital. This new loan will allow her to restock with new merchandise of women's clothing (20 lengths of African print cloth). Moreover, she aspires to grow her business. According to her, the Hekima loan will allow her to improve her home and to live in conditions deemed socially acceptable. The client Lwanda M. thanks the IMF Hekima for its actions dedicated to the poor women excluded from classic banks. The group Elia is made up of 29 members.

In this group: Lwanda, Furaha, Munyerenkana, Riziki, Kavira, Vumilia, Jeanne, Mwakamole, Nibasenge, Mwendapole, Zaina, Musimwa, Philomene, Sifa, Noela , Sudi Faida, Muhombo, Luendo, Mapendo, Furaha, Tatala, Furaha, Malyabo, Nabintu, Zabibu*, Basila, Masika, Katembo, Lwango*
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Martha Schmitz

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