A loan of $4,075 helped a member to buy 25 units of pagnes.

Farijika Group's story

Batasema, the leader of the Farijika business group, is an entrepreneur, aged 48, married and the mother of ten young children. Her husband is a driver. Batasema sells pagnes (colorful West African cloth for ladies' wear). She has her store in the commercial quarters of Birere. She has earned her living by this activity for the past 12 years. So far she has been granted 18 loan cycles by the microfinance institution Hekima. Her husband gave her some start-up money.

Batasema will use her new loan to buy 25 units of pagnes for resale. She wants to see her children grow up in comfort, expand her business and build a comfortable house. Batasema thanks Hekima for their efforts in favor of poor women excluded from the classical banking system.

In this group: Batasema , Ndoole , Zawadi , Tina, Kakahwa, Dusabe, Kahindo, Nyira, Onalumoyi, Katungu, Tumaini, Masika, Ambohe, Pendo, Aziza, Furaha, Balingene, Ushindi, Nzi, Ntabu, Kabumba, Kasereka, Mbuyi, Ntasimwa, Michiki, Mwali

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Robert Mouris

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