A loan of $4,250 helped a member to buy four sacks of beans, groundnut, oil etc.

Asifiwe Group's story

Furaha, age 21 and single, is a young entrepreneur and a member of the business group Asifiwe. She sells food products and also works as a seamstress. She started to train for small jobs after quitting school. Her mother helps her in these small activities.

Furaha is a shareholder in a sewing shop. She started this business with her own money. Later on, she turned to the microfinance institution Hekima for financial assistance.

She will use this new loan to buy four sacks of beans, groundnut, oil etc., and invest the rest into funding her sewing shop. Her major challenge is the amount of taxes that she has to pay.

Furaha thanks Hekima for its support and its actions toward the empowerment of women who want to create their own small businesses.

In this group: Furaha, Bashoshere, Mapendo, Furaha, Baraka, Nsimire, Bahati, Kadogo, Bushsshiri, Balingene, Mwendapole, Lwamira, Josephine, Kanyere, Mirimo, Florence, Bahati, Mwamini, Mirere, Uwimana

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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