A loan of $3,450 helped a member to increase her capital by buying large amounts of food to resell.


Garukirabakenyezi Group's story

Denise C. is a 48-year-old merchant who lives in the town of Bwoga in Commune Gitega, in central Burundi. She has been doing commerce in bananas for four years. It is a trade she began when she was a farmer. She did not attend school and is the mother of nine children, three of whom are in school. Her husband, Datus N., is also a retail merchant at the Central Market of Gitega City.

Denise is asking for a Kiva loan to increase her capital by buying large quantities of food items to resell, so as to make a big profit. She would like to be a major merchant able to provide large quantities of food.

She is a member of the community group “Garukirabakenyezi” and is now on her 16th [loan] cycle in this group.

In this group: Denise, Jeannette, Suzanne, Sophie, Goreth*, Francoise, Anastasie, Constance, Viola , Jeanine, Leonie Annonciate, Philomene, Francoise, Sylvie, Rose, M Rose, Sedeck*, Albert, Pascaline, Jacqueline*, Epiphanie*, Gregonie, Frediane, Aline, M Goreth, Pascaline, Richard*, Gerardine*, Sylvie*, Yvette, Evelyne, Gertrude, Menedore, Virginie, Paulette, Noella, Consolate, Esperance, Joselyne, Devote, Soline, Raymonde
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey


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