A loan of $5,250 helped a member to buy pharmaceutical products: 2 boxes of acetominophen, 2 boxes of chloramphenicol, antimalarial, anti-diarrheal, anti inflammatory medications and other generic drugs).

Ararati Group's story

Masika is a member of the business group Ararati. She is married and the mother of seven children. She is about 46 years old. Her husband is a farmer.

Masika is a nurse by training and she sells pharmaceutical products in retail quantities. She co-manages a small pharmacy. She started this business using her own funds, taken from her salary. Later on, she applied for financial support from the microfinance institution Hekima.

This new loan will be used to buy pharmaceutical products: two boxes of acetominophen, two boxes of chloramphenicol (a broad-spectrum antibiotic), antimalarial drugs, antidiarrheal, anti-inflammatories, and other generic medications).

Masika feels good about the way her business is going. Her main challenge, however, are taxes and a low inventory.

She thanks Hekima for its support and for empowering women involved in small business.

In this group: Chibalonza, Kahumo, Nsimire, Rubuga, Mondi, Vumilia, Chantal , Akona, Moza, Masika, Kamundu, Amani, Nzigire, Bifumbo, Nziavake, Kavira, Wadile, Wakosomba, Bwira, Bwira, Bushiru, Mulumeoderhwa, Faida, Murhuze, Tumani, Furaha, Jeanette, Bibisha

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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