A loan of $2,775 helped a member to buy two bags of manioc (cassava) flour.

Amina Groupe's story

Kitenge is the president of the borrowing group Amina. She is an active entrepreneur, 40 years old, married and the mother of 6 children. Her husband is a nutritionist. Kitenge sells food from her home. She began this business with a loan from IMF Hekima; she has completed 7 loan cycles with their microfinancing program.

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.

In this group: Tshibavunya, Chibalonza, Kurana, Kitenge, Kahindo, Bahati, Faida, Kavira, Katungu, Kitumaini, Katungu, Bonane, Bahongwere, Ribanje, Nshokano, Shahada, Balisema, Naminani, Mawazo, Kamere, Mwanda, Kulondwa, Sifa, Georgette, Babwiriza, Kyakimwa, Byenda, Muyisa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Long Phillips

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