A loan of $2,850 helped a member to purchase 50kg of rice, 50kg of sugar, plus fish, soap, etc.


Anonymous Group's story

The borrower, a member of the "Bonheur" (happiness) credit association is a highly ambitious entrepreneur. She is 43 years old, a woman living alone (without her husband), yet a mother of 3 young children who all attend school. She is a seller of foodstuffs. Her husband died unexpectedly after a short illness. She offers her products in small markets, from her home and occasionally also along the streets leading to the main avenues. She began her business with the sale of fish (Mikeke) from Uvira, and she did this with her own capital gathered from her friends. Then, later on she received additional funds in the form of a $50 loan from the Hekima micro-finance institution. She has been undertaking small income-generating activities like these for the last 2 years now. However, she has just fulfilled three successive loans, benefiting from the microcredit program offered by Hekima. The insecurity in the interior of the region constitutes a threat for the development of her business. This new loan will allow her to purchase 50kg of rice, 50kg of sugar, plus fish, soap, etc. The remainder of the money will be used to fund the children's schooling. Furthermore, she hopes to see the children grow up, and buy a house and a car. The borrower thanks Hekima for their focus on poor women and offering them economic and financial emancipation. It should be noted that some group members are holding their babies.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alistair Assheton



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