A loan of $3,400 helped a member to buy 50 kg of beans, 25 kg of sugar, milk, cafe, and 2 cases of Fanta, Prima, etc., and to pay for schooling.

Atuwezeshe Group's story

The client Uwineza, leader of the business group "Atuwezeshe," is an entrepreneur. She is 34 years old, married, and the mother of seven children, all in school. Her husband is a teacher in an evangelical school. She is a member of a small restaurant-cafeteria located in the Ndosho neighborhood. She has been in the same business since before she got married. Meanwhile, she has just finished six loan cycles with Hekima.

This new loan will be used to buy 50 kg of beans, 25 kg of sugar, milk, coffee, and 2 cases of Fanta, Primus, etc. The rest of the money will be used to pay school fees for her husband, who will soon pass his baccalaureate (BAC+3) for evening classes.

Furthermore, her goals are to educate her children and build a comfortable house. She thanks Hekima for its efforts in favor of poor women not served by traditional banking.

It should be said that the business group "Atuwezeshe" is mainly composed of female members. Some of the women appear very jovial with their babies on their backs.

In this group: Wakagarabi, Bora, Zirirane, Judith, Ziharilwa, N'habimana, Uwineza, Mapendo, Chibalonza, Ntawa, Rhulinabo, Sadiki, Karatwa, Balume, Sifa, Machozi, Uzaferwa, Nsenginumva, Zawadi, Ombeni, Ziragi, Ahishakiye, Vumilia, Jeanette, Nzayihembiki, Zawadi, Mawazo, Mwankinki, Buhoro, Tulinabo

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Robin Clochard

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