A loan of $5,300 helped a member to purchase 3 packages of Thompson's fish.

Fidelite Group's story

Kabena is the advisor and dean of the Fidélité group. She is about 33 years old, a widow and mother of 5 children. Her husband died in 2006 due to a sudden illness. All of Kabena's children attend school.

Kabena began her business with her own funds, which she received from her late husband. She sells fresh Thompson's fish by going door to door to market to consumer customers (households, restaurants, etc.)

She began borrowing from the microfinance institution Hekima around 2007 for some additional financial support. Before she began selling fish, Kabena sold used shoes. This new loan will allow her to stock up on 3 packages of Thompson's fish from Kinshasa. Kabena thanks Hekima for their support of poor women who are not otherwise eligible for traditional banking.

In this group: Chibalonza, Nzigire, Nabintu, Kabene, Chirezi, Munkokole, Kapinga, Nzuba, Bitondo, Balime, Kiziza, Luvuo, Shada, Furaha

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Long Phillips

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