Kitenge faces many challenges to her business, especially in credit selling, such as facing a loss from currency exchange since she conducts her business in the national currency, but purchases her stock in the currency of the tariff rates (dollars). Additionally, there is instability due to the armed groups in the more rural areas.
This new loan will allow Kitenge to purchase two bags of manioc (cassava) flour. In spite of everything, she leads a comfortable life, because the loans she receives allow her to make a living and support her family. She therefore thanks Hekima and its partners for their support of poor women excluded from the traditional banking system.
Important InformationHEKIMA is a microfinance institution headquartered in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with branch offices in Goma and Bukavu. HEKIMA aims to contribute to the transformation of the economic, social, and spiritual lives of the economically active poor of the DRC. To this end, HEKIMA provides its clients with solidarity group loans to support income-generating activities. Despite ongoing instability and violence in its operating areas, HEKIMA continues to keep its doors open and provide credit and savings services for its over 90% female clientele.
This is a Group Loan
In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.
Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.
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