A loan of $5,000 helped a member to purchase six jugs of palm oil, four cartons of vegetable oil, two bags of flour, etc.

Upatanisho Group's story

Kavira P. is an entrepreneur and the leader of the Upatanisho work group. She is 48 years old, married, and the mother of nine. Some of her children already live separately, and others still go to school. Her husband is unemployed, out of work. Kavira P. sells palm oil and refined vegetable oil of the Rina brand. She displays her wares out on the street and sometimes by her home. She has been doing this for almost seven years. She launched her business with a starting capital received from IMF Hekima around 2004. This new loan will allow her to stock up additional goods (six jugs of palm oils, four cartons of Rina refined vegetables oil, two bags of flour, etc). In addition her goal is to expand her business and to build a nice, proper house for her family to live in. She says that Hekima’s loan has helped her maintain a socially acceptable standard of living. As a client, Kavira P. is grateful to IMF Hekima and its partners for their assistance to impoverished women who do not have access to traditional banking. The Upatanisho group consists of 28 members.

In this group: Kavira, Chibalonza, Mihako, Kibanja, Bazungu, Sifa, Siwema, Mutelembwa, Atosha, Nzigire, Mapendo, Mwanitse, Mwanini, Mukeini, Bahati, Cirhamire, Ndaye, Tulinabo, Zamuhire, Byamungu, Mweze, Feza, Mwavita, Bahati, Zihalirwa, Baderakubuma, Francoise, Odette

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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