A loan of $6,000 helped a member to purchase 30 pairs of shoes.

Tuimizane Group's story

Charlotte is an advisor to the credit group Tuimizane; she is a jovial and dynamic woman, an entrepreneur, 33 years old, and mother of 7 children, all of whom attend school. Charlotte sells shoes at the urban market of Cadeco. Her husband is currently unemployed.

Charlotte began her business around the year 2000 with funds contributed by her husband. She was introduced to the business by her peers when she first moved to the city of Goma. The profits from Charlotte's business go to savings, food, and schooling for her children.

This is Charlotte's 8th loan. Over the time she has been borrowing, Charlotte has seen her business thrive. Thanks to the loan from Hekima, she was able to purchase a plot of land. As a result, she has decided to raise her loan amount for this new loan.

This new loan will allow Charlotte to purchase 30 pairs of shoes. Additionally, she hopes to see her children grow up enjoying a peaceful childhood. Charlotte thanks Hekima for their efforts bringing self-sufficiency to poor women with meager income.

In this group: Abiba, Kasiwa, Babutire, Riziki, Kasahe, Atosha, Ngakya, Mukubwa, Charlotte, Chiza, Nsimire, Maombi, Zawadi, Mapendo, Chifundera

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Long Phillips

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