A loan of $850 helped to buy charcoal wholesale and pay for its transporation.

Thérèse's story

Thérèse, age 48, was born in Rwanda. She's married and has two children, aged 33 to 35, out of whom four attended school. Her own level of education amounts to two years of middle school.

Thérèse is a merchant who is seeking her first loan from Kiva's partner, ACB. She will use it to buy charcoal wholesale and to pay for its transportation. She will then resell it on local markets.

Her strategy for growing her business is to distribute quality charcoal in her region. In the forthcoming years, Thérèse would like to become a large charcoal distributor in her region.

With her profits, she intends to send her children to school, improve her family's well-being, and build a house for her family.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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