A loan of $9,550 helped a member acheter 2 ballons des souliers.


Ushindi Group's story

Bulambo is the president of the “Ushindi” borrowing group. She is an experienced and dynamic young entrepreneur, who is 35 years old and has 6 children, all of whom attend school. Her husband is a teacher. Bulambo has been selling shoes for 15 years, displaying her merchandize in the public market. She began her business with help from her husband. Later, she received a loan from the microfinance institution Hekima. She will use this new loan to buy 2 bales of shoes. She hopes this will allow her to send her children to school, to expand her business and to build a lovely house. The expansion of her business is hindered by theft, unpaid debts and losses. In closing, she is extremely grateful to Hekima for enabling the empowerment of women who don’t have access to traditional banking, especially during this critical time of conflict in the Eastern part of the country.

In this group: Kalonda, Musanganya, Floride, Bulambo, Mukunja, Aline, Brigitte, Marie Anne, Gaude, Fatuma Shomari, Kikingi, Nabashali, Kabunvu, Brigitte, Kalumire, Banza, Edwige, Sikuzani, Matumaini, Mabumba, Gorette, Noella, Kaheto, Isabelle, Mapendano, Pascaline, Mubage, Chishunguluka, Mumarha, Simwerayi, Mihigo, Maroyi, Lwiyando, Malazire, Celestine
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Meredith Rogers



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