A loan of $5,000 helped a member to buy 33 cases of Fanta and Primus (beer).

Umoja Kibabi Group's story

The client named Baseme, the leader of the business group called «Umoja Kibabi », is a young entrepreneur of 37, married and the mother of five children, who are all studying appropriately. Her husband is jobless. Besides her legitimate children, she also shelters four other children from her extended family (a cousin, a nephew, neighbors from the village).

She sells drinks: Primus beer, Mutzig beer, and Fanta (orange soda), etc. She displays her products in front of the shops of friends and acquaintances (on the roadside, at the Signers traffic circle) to be sold wholesale and sometimes, out of her home, retail. She began her little business with her own money, received from her father-in-law as a form of assistance. Her initial working capital amounted to $20, or the price of two cases of Primus beer. She has been in this business for 16 years. This new loan will allow her to buy 33 cases of Fanta and Primus.

She hopes to see her children grow up comfortably and to expand her business. This client thanks Hekima for its efforts on behalf of poor women who are excluded from conventional banking services.

In this group: Zawadi, Munyengela, Chizungu, Furaha, Kahundu, Ndovya, Mukarusime, Maregane, Ndabugi, Baseme, Mirimo, Shamavu, Shauri, Ndamuguya, Ndibazi, Bwashira, Lwango, Moza, Dongo, Sifa, Basiku, Hamuli, Nzigire, Nzigire, Zihindula, Bisimwa, Kavira

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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