A loan of $4,125 helped a member to buy the ingredients needed to make Mandrakwa juice (5 sacks of maize, 50 kg of millet, 50kg of flour, 50kg of sorghum, some firewood, etc.).


Ufalme Group's story

Mbambu, age 44, is a dynamic entrepreneur and leader of the Ufalme business group. She is a married mother of nine children, two of whom live on their own and the other seven still in school. Her spouse is a civil servant employed by the public administration.

Mbambu sells a local juice commonly known as "Mandrakwa". She has been in this line of work for many years. She has completed 13 loan cycles with Hekima’s microfinance program. Her family lives on the earnings generated by her business, as the Congolese civil servants are paid sporadically and rather poorly, which does not enable them to cover the month's expenditures, let alone build savings.

Mbambu will use this new loan to buy the ingredients needed to make Mandrakwa (5 sacks of maize, 50 kg of millet, 50kg of flour, 50kg of sorghum, some firewood, etc.). She also aims to sustain her business and to ensure that her children get a proper education.

Mbambu would like to thank the Hekima MFI for helping impoverished women who are excluded from traditional banking channels.

Note: One of the group members is carrying her baby on her back.

In this group: Nankavu, Kibuye, Kahindo, Mbambu, Riziki, Vumilia, Mapendo, Luanda, Mihigo, Faida, Kavira, Habiragi, Kasago, Kahindo, Amani, Colette, Chakupewa, Maombi, Kahindo, Bahavu, Mwamini, Betina

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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