A loan of $3,125 helped a member to purchase chairs, mattresses, and televisions to sell.

Tupendane Group's story

This client, Furaha, is a member of the loan association Tupendane. A courageous woman entrepreneur, she is 31 years old. Her husband is a soldier who unfortunately abandoned her over eight years ago. She is a retailer of secondhand goods in a small informal market located in the Munzenze military camp.

Furaha was introduced by her peers to this business in 2009. Later on, she was informed about micro-loans granted by the microfinance institution Hekima. The profits from her business go toward savings, food, and supporting her children's education. Over that time, this client saw her business shrink due to the crisis which covered the northern province of Kivu.

This new loan must serve to supply her with chairs, mattresses, and televisions to resell. In addition, she would like to see her children grow up comfortably and to purchase a parcel of land in the future.

This client thanks Hekima and its partners for their actions in supporting poor women with low incomes to become autonomous. It is appropriate to note that one client in the photo is carrying her baby on her back.

In this group: Nsimire, Florida, Yvette, Sifa, Kahindo, Amina, Vumilia, Judith, Fatuma, Bahati, Furaha, Kanyere, Kahindo, Chibalonza, Nankafu, Furaha, Sifa, Faida, Miseze, Nyamirimo, Mamandjolo, Kanyere, Nyamwiza, Fatuma, Aridja, Vumilia, Riziki

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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