A loan of $2,650 helped a member to purchase 2 sacks of beans.


Anonymous Group's story

The client, a counsellor in the "Goshen" credit group, is a very brave entrepreneur. She is a 32 year old widow, and mother of 5 young children who all attend school. She is a seller of foodstuffs (beans, flour). Her husband died unexpectedly following a short illness. She offers her merchandise in the little local market, sometimes along the street leading to the big avenues. She began her business with her own capital - funds raised from the sale of her equipment (TV, radio, telephone). Later, she benefited from additional funds in the form of a $50 loan from the micro-finance institution (MFI) Hekima. She has been undertaking these sorts of little income-generating activities for three years now. However, she has recently completed three loan cycles, taking advantage of the microcredit program from Hekima. Insecurity in the interior of the region is a threat to the development of her business. This new loan will be used by her to buy 2 sacks of beans, and the rest of the funds will be put towards the children's education. She wishes to see the children grow up, and to build a decent home. The borrower thanks Hekima for its focus on poor women, leading to their economic and financial emancipation.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alistair Assheton



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