A loan of $3,950 helped a member purchase 9 standard lengths of “pagnes” and other various items.

Pacifique Group's story

The customer, Nalushomba, is the president of the Pacifique Group. She is a courageous 46-year-old woman entrepreneur, mother of nine children, all of them in school. Her husband has been unemployed for several years.

She sells “pagnes” [colorful African fabric] at the Nyabushongo market. She started her business with a loan from Hekima, when her peers told her about the activities of this MFI [microfinance institution] in Goma.

The profits from her business are used for savings, food and school fees for her children. However, she has received her fifth loan and during that time her business has developed positively. Thanks to the Hekima loans, she has made new large investments for her family (chairs, radio etc.). This new loan will allow her to get 9 standard lengths of “pagnes” and other various items.

Additionally, she would like to see her children grow comfortably and increase her activity. The customer thanks Hekima and its partners for their actions to support the self-sufficiency of poor low-income women.

In this group: Nalushomba , Naburafiki, Mawazo, Wanjo, Nzigire, Furaha, Simire, Mwamini, Bulonja, Tembea, Ntamugendere, Djuma, Byenda, Nalushombo, Ndamuso, Tembeya

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Veronique Fourment

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