A loan of $4,375 helped a member to purchase two bags of groundnuts.

Ujamaa Group's story

Shamy is the treasurer of the Ujamaa loan group. She is a courageous woman, an entrepreneur, a widow, 42 years old and mother of 10 children. She is a seller of groundnuts. Shamy began her business with her own funds, which she received from her husband after they sold their car. She regularly receives loans from Hekima to further her business.

The profits from Shamy's business go to savings, food, and schooling for her children. She has just obtained her 19th loan. During the time she has been borrowing, Shamy has seen her sales rise and has accomplished other small projects for her family. She has thus decided to increase her loan amount for this latest loan.

This new loan will allow Shamy to purchase two bags of groundnuts. Her main challenges are the depletion of her inventory and price fluctuations. Shamy hopes to see her children grow up and to build a fence in the future. She thanks Hekima for their support of poor women with meager incomes.

It should be noted that certain members of the group are shown holding their babies.

In this group: Namwezi, Tabu, Kavira, Kanyere, Shamy, Emmacule, Buyibuyi, Kahindo, Marie Therese, Kabuo, Nzabanita, Kahindo, Chibalonza, Namungo, Faida, Clemence, Chantale, Philemona, Jacqueline, Kiza, Mawazo, Balingene, Marie, Morisho

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Long Phillips

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