A loan of $2,750 helped a member to purchase sugar cane and firewood, and to pay for manual labour and school fees, etc.


La Rose Group's story

Vunabandi is the senior member and the representative of the "La Rose" mutual loan group. She is a genuine entrepreneur, a courageous job creator - 57 years old and a war refugee, she has already integrated herself into the town. She is married and the mother of 12 children, and a grandmother several times over. Her husband has no official work, nonetheless he is noteworthy and is a member of a group of refugee elders coming from the Bwito-Rutshuru territory. Vunabandi is a producer and seller of sugar cane wine, which she produces using local methods. She started the business with her own funds. She learned the craft from a worker in a congregation of catholic nuns; she gave her teacher a gift of a case of Mutzig (beer) and a goat in payment. She has just received her sixth loan from the Hekima MFI. She is full of hope for her business. This new loan will allow her to buy sugar cane and firewood, to pay for labour and school fees, etc. She thanks Hekima for this initiative supporting women entrepreneurs. Thanks to this loan, she will improve her capital resources and cover her family's needs.

In this group: Sifa, Shashire, Zuzu, Furaha, Vunabandi , Makandori, Nabakazi, Nyibizi, Nyirabarenzi, Nyiramatama, Furaha
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alistair Assheton



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