She began her business when she found out about the microcredit that was offered by the MFI, Hekima. Thus, she received her first loan of $50 to start up her business. Her husband is an evangelist pastor serving in a protestant community. The profits from her business go toward savings, food, and the education of her children.
Meanwhile, she has just received her third loan. Since receiving her first loan, her business has grown. So, she decided to increase the amount of her loan for this cycle. She will use this new loan to buy about ten female boubous. Also, she hopes to broaden her horizons and stock up in Kampala, as well as see her children grow up. The client would like to thank Hekima for helping to give autonomy to poor women who to not have access to classic banking.
Important InformationHEKIMA 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.
This is a Group Loan
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