A loan of $5,750 helped a member to purchase 15 containers of palm oil to sell.


Tuongozane Group's story

This client, Mwadji, is the senior member and president of the credit collective Tuongozane. At 52 years old, she is on her 25th loan cycle, and she is a married mother of eight children and several grandchildren. Her husband runs a small business. Mwadji started her business with funds from her husband that amounted to the equivalent of a container of oil. She is a vendor of palm oil at the central market of Virunga and has been in this business for ten years.

With this new loan, this client would like to increase her sales by purchase 15 containers of palm oil. She also sells plastic footwear (slippers) to increase her revenues. For the future, she plans on switching her business to general commerce and building a comfortable house.

This client salutes the initiative taken by the microfinance institution Hekima dedicated to autonomy for poor women having no access to banks. The dividends from this Hekima micro-loan are enormous for this client, she says. She remained away from her children for a long time due to the repeated wars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Thanks to Hekima loans, she had easily paid the airfare from Buyimayi to Goma for her children.

In this group: Kanyere*, Katungu, Katsuva, Kankombe, Kengesa, Masika, Mbuyi, Mwadji, Pendano, Zihindula, Namegabe, Balezi, Furaha, Okako, Anne-Marie, Kumua, Francoise, Kavira, Muhindo, Tulinabo, Bahati
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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