A loan of $3,650 helped a member to buy five baskets of fish and various household items.


Anonymous Group's story

The client is the vice-president of the business association Johovanise. A brave and tireless entrepreneur, she is a 40-year-old mother of eight children who all go to school. She sells fish at the central market of Virunga. Her husband is unemployed, but he occasionally earns a small commission on the sale of land in the area through his friends’ contacts.

She started her business with capital provided by her husband, which she supplemented with credits obtained from the Hekima MFI. Her profits help to boost her savings, and to pay for food and for her children’s tuition.

Past loans have allowed her to acquire various household items for her family (a table, new chairs, pots, etc.). With her business showing growth throughout the last cycle, she has applied for her 4th loan. She will use this new loan to purchase five baskets of fish and more household items.

She wants to see her children grow up comfortably, and hopes someday to buy a plot of land. She wishes to thank the Hekima MFI and its partners for helping low-income women to become self-sufficient.

It should be noted that some of the group members are carrying their babies in this photo, which was taken inside the offices of the central market of Virunga.

In this group: Anonymous*, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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