She has been making a living from these activities for over 15 years. She obtained her first capital through the local tontine (a revolving savings fund) initiated by military wives of the area. She later received a small commission on the sale of a plot of land.
This new loan will allow her to buy five sacks of potatoes for resale. Her goal is to provide for her children’s tuition and have a house built for them.
She wishes to thank Hekima for helping poor women who are excluded from traditional banks. More importantly, she says that no one should ignore the gruesome conditions of military life and its impact on the families.
Important InformationHEKIMA is a microfinance institution headquartered in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with branch offices in Goma and Bukavu. HEKIMA aims to contribute to the transformation of the economic, social, and spiritual lives of the economically active poor of the DRC. To this end, HEKIMA provides its clients with solidarity group loans to support income-generating activities. Despite ongoing instability and violence in its operating areas, HEKIMA continues to keep its doors open and provide credit and savings services for its over 90% female clientele.
This is a Group Loan
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