A loan of $3,375 helped a member to purchase 25 pairs of used shoes.

Changamuka Group's story

Joséphine Kahambu is an entrepreneur and the leader of the Changamuka work group. She is 32 years old, married, and the mother of four. Her husband is a governmental employee in a public sector company named La Regideso. Joséphine Kahambu sells used shoes. She sets up her wares at the Cadeco market in the center of town of Goma. She has been in this business for 10 years. In 2009, she obtained her first loan of $50 from IMF Hekima in order to increase her working capital. This new loan will allow her to replenish her stock with additional goods (25 pairs of used shoes). In addition,sher goal and to open a store selling salted fish. As a client of IMF Hekima, Joséphine Kahambu is grateful for its actions oriented towards poor women who do not have access to traditional banking. The Changamuka group is composed of 33 members. However, one of the client also has her child in the photo, and there are two other clients whose faces can’t be seen on this group photo.

In this group: Bwami, Adela, Lukoo, Kahambu, Mwamini, Chiza, Neema, Boranga, Bikanaba, Atafazali, Watewabo, Muhindo, Tusabe, Mukeso, Bahati, Furaha, Mushagaluza, Tulinabo, Bazungu, Mianitse, Bwira, Monique, Furaha, Bibishe, Kabuo, Feza, Mapendo, Ntamusimwa Kalimba, Barambulira, Nyota, Vumilia, Mariya, Julienne

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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