A loan of $6,000 helped a member to purchase 10 bags of garlic and 4 bags of onions.

Usalama Group's story

Balume is the head of the business group Usalama. She is a 44-year-old widow and mother of 5 children who are all in school. She has other children who have already made their own homes. She is a retailer of onions and garlic in the city of Goma. She rents an area to display her products in an agricultural warehouse. She started her business with a loan from the MFI Hekima. She just completed 15 loan cycles with Hekima and benefited from several of its promotional deals. With the loans, she has been able to achieve some modest investments (schooling of her children, chairs, etc). This new loan will help her to buy inventory of 10 bags of garlic and 4 bags of onions. Her current challenge is the continued insecurity in the area where she buys her inventory. All the more, she would like to thank Hekima for its support and its work to help small business become independent.

In this group: Balume, Birisawa, Angela, Tina

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Emily Frye

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