A loan of $5,000 helped a member to buy one sack of used clothing.

Tujikaze Group's story

Kaurwa M. is an entrepreneur, and leader of the business group Tujikaze. She is 55 years old, married, and the mother of five children. Two of her children live on their own, while the other three still go to school. Her spouse is a teacher.

Kaurwa M. sells used clothing (thrift store). She conducts her sales at the regional market of Kituku, which the government has booked for the project of the international agricultural exhibition for peace in the great lakes region.

Kaurwa M. has been engaged in this activity since youth. She has completed 16 loan cycles with the Hekima MFI to strengthen her working capital.

Kaurwa M. earns a living through this activity, as her husband’s wages are not sufficient to cover household expenses. In DRC, teachers receive very low wages.

This new loan will allow her to stock up on new merchandise (1 sack of used clothing). In addition, she hopes to sustain her business and complete construction on her house.

Kaurwa M. wishes to thank the Hekima MFI for helping poor women who cannot turn to traditional banks.

The Tujikaze group consists of 17 members. However, a business partner also appears in the group photo, which counts 18 people.

In this group: Balingene, Kaurwa, Mwindiki, Ndabo, Maria, Sifa, Nyirasafari, Namavu, Wetewabo, Mateene, Mwavita, Nsimire, Tabu, Nabarhalishonyi, Mwamini, Ndoole, Zawadi
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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