A loan of $7,125 helped a member to purchase twelve "pagnes" (traditionally printed West African suit of clothing).


Nyota Group's story

The client Batasimwa is an assistant president of the business association "Nyota." She is a dean, experienced entrepreneur, 58 years of age, and the mother of five children who are all studying. The client is a vendor of "pagnes," (a traditionally printed West African suit of clothing) in the public market. For the past 41 she has been running her business. She started this business with her own funds received from her husband.

Thanks to her trade, she has carried out several projects for her family and for the advancement of her company. This new loan will be used to buy twelve "pagnes". In addition, she wants to see her children have college degrees as well as build a beautiful home. She celebrates the initiative of Hekima for their support and empowerment of women unable to acquire traditional bank loans, especially in the current context of the war in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where the economy is not stable.

In this group: Zelpha, Kakuru, George, Esperance, Kyavu, Marie, Kivalya, Kavira, Masika, Mamy, Kanduki, Syauswa, Wayomeka, Batasimwa, Kakule, Mbavughavyo, Saniki, Kake, Mwatana, Kalengani, Desange, Sara, Kitsumano, Nyeke, Kagheni, Bitasimwa, Wanzavalere, Muhongola, Ivette, Bigaruka, Kyolo, Fifi, Mbathole, Hakizimana, Esther, Furaha, Linda, Nsimire, Godelive
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jane Coe



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