A loan of $5,000 helped a member to buy five sacks of potatoes for resale.

Amkeni Group's story

Matiko is an entrepreneur, and the leader of the Amkeni business group. She is 57 years old, married, and she has seven children still in school whereas others are already independent. Her husband is a retired veteran of the military. She sells potatoes at the central market of Virunga. As a secondary activity, she also sells cell phone units from her home.

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.

In this group: Katungu, Dunia, Kanyere, Chakupewa, Mulomba, Katungu, Kayombo, Kabuo, Busambi, Mang Betudre, Kizungu, Bake, Assani, Kaseene, Buhendwa, Kahindo, Mikano, Mulongo, Matiko

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