A loan of $4,975 helped a member to buy 5 pairs of used shoes.

Rafiki Group's story

The client, Mbavu, is the current advisor and former president of the loan group Rafiki. Her hand is raised in the photo.

She is 42 years old and is in her 17th loan cycle. She is the mother of 13 children including 2 sets of twins. Nine of her children go to school and three are married. Her husband is a doorman at a credit union in the city.

She started her small business with funds given to her by her family as a gift. For 15 years, she has been selling used shoes on foot in the city of Goma. She also sells potatoes out of her home to add to her revenues.

With her loan from IMF Hekima, the client would like to increase her sales by buying 5 pairs of used shoes.

In the future, she would like to change her line of business and open a small boutique that sells various items. In the long term, she'd like to buy a piece of land for her family.

The client would like to thank IMF Hekima enthusiastically for the loans that she has received without the need for collateral. Thanks to their loans, she is able to meet the needs of her children.

In this group: Boshwenda, Kavira, Vumilia, Katoto, Kasereka, Nzigire, Mukakimenyi, Bwinja, Mobembo, Kindolo, Zawadi, Kashashi, Katungu, Kavira, Nzigire, Kavira, Mulume, Naomie, Muhindo, Ndegeya, Mbavu, Nyekeza
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alexandra Kenin

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