A loan of $5,000 helped a member to pay for 25kg of sugar, one box of Nido milk, I case of Fanta, 25kg of Omo soap powder, ten pairs of oriental slippers ("babouches"), three boxes of beauty lotion, salt, matches, boxes of toilet paper etc.


Zawadi Group's story

The customer Faida, who is the representative of the Zawadi business group, is a 38-year old entrepreneur; she is married and mother to seven children who are all studying. Her husband sells goats at the Kahembe market. She has a small trading business selling a variety of products. She has all her goods set up on a stand. She has been carrying out this business since 1992 and hduring this time as had eighteen loans from Hékima. This new loan will be used to buy 25kg of sugar, a carton of Nido milk, a case of Fanta, 25kg of Omo soap powder, ten pairs of "babouches" (oriental slippers), three boxes of beauty lotion, salt, matches, boxes of toilet paper etc..; the rest of the money will be used for small family projects. Furthermore, her ambition is to be able to pay for her children's schooling. The customer is grateful Hékima for its actions in favour of poor women who have no access to classic banks. It should be noted that the Zawadi business group is primarily composed of women who manage their businesses with discipline and rigor.

In this group: Faida, Rehema, Kakuru, Banyene, Kashira, Bindu, Ntacho, Chimpaye, Ngunzwe, Muhawe, Edwige, Rebecca, Nsabimana, Riziki, Idi, Atukuzwe, Furaha, Rehema

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras



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