A loan of $4,200 helped a member to purchase 1 bag of manioc flour and 1 bag of corn flour.


Afya Group's story

Vumilia is the president of the community borrowing group Afya, an experienced entrepreneur and businesswoman, and the mother of 9 children, some of whom attend school and others who already have their own households. Her husband is an evangelical minister in a local church. Vumilia is a seller of manioc and corn flours. She sets up her wares in the public market and sometimes from her home.

Vumilia began her business with her own funding received from her husband, as well as from savings that she had accumulated in her previous business selling stones (gravel and pebbles) that she gathered outside. Later, she received a loan from the microfinance organization Hekima. She has been in the flour selling business for about 10 years.

This new loan will allow Vumilia to purchase 1 bag of manioc flour and 1 bag of corn flour. With this, she hopes to grow her business, and to provide food and schooling and build a house for her children. In closing, she is extremely grateful to Hekima for their support of small businesses through microcredit.

In this group: Petrolina, Vumilia, Vumilia, M'buroko, Theresa, Esther, Msafiri, Clay, Bisimwa, Mabangala, Bisimwa, Buchuliro, Rosette, Ombeni, Bateyi, M'kalimbiro, Seretina, Vesiyana, Mbugha, Rutega, Kahongu, Munyonga, Mashikali, Baguma, Chishugi, Awezaye, Mwenge, Kavira, Chishugi, Matabaro, Masirika, Christine, Fundi, Musamuguma, Veciana, Bibiche
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Long Phillips



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