A loan of $5,000 helped a member buy 20 piles of fresh Sombé (cassava leaves).

La Victoire Group's story

Pendano is an entrepreneur and the leader of the business group "La Victoire" (Victory). She is 37, married, and a mother of 3. Her husband is a mechanic. She sells vegetables, especially Sombé (cassava leaves), on the street, which she has been doing for 6 years. She started her business with 20$, which she got from knitting. She will use this new loan to buy 20 piles of fresh Sombé and use the rest of the money for other household-related mini-projects. In addition to that, she plans on expanding her business, sending her children to school, and buying a piece of land to build a house. Pendano thanks Hekima for what it does to help those who have been rejected by traditional banks. It should be noted that "La Victoire" is a business group which consists of female members mainly.

In this group: Pendano, Zaina, Faida, Mulasi, Masika, Nzigire, Kwiteka, Nakasi, Sifa, Sisa, Kahambu, Benita, Kalonda

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Julien Roland

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