The client is a 34-year-old entrepreneur. She is married and the mother of 6 children. Her husband is a builder and mason. She sells used clothing by displaying her merchandise at the central market in Virunga. She has been involved in this type of small retail activity since her youth, when she used to live in her village, before moving to the city of Goma. She has just obtained her 16th loan from Hekima. With this new loan, she will purchase two large bags of used clothing in bulk. Her wish is to see her children grow comfortably. She would also like to buy a plot of land to build on, and see her business prosper. She thanks Hekima for its actions in favor of poor women excluded from the traditional banking system.
La cliente est un entrepreneur, âgée de 34 ans, mariée, mère de 6 enfants. Son mari est un mâcon constructeur. Elle est vendeuse friperie. Elle expose ses marchandises au marché central de Virunga. Depuis sa jeunesse, elle exerce ces petites activités génératrices de revenus de ce genre jadis, quand elle vivait dans son village avant de s’installer dans la ville de Goma. Cependant, elle vient d’obtenir son 16eme crédit de Hekima. Ce nouveau crédit doit lui servir de s’approvisionner avec 2 ballons de friperie. En plus, elle souhaite voir ses enfants grandir confortablement, acheter une parcelle et y construire et voir prospère ses activités. La cliente remercie Hekima pour ses actions en faveur de pauvres femmes exclues de banque classique.
HEKIMA 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.