A loan of $6,375 helped a member to buy sugar, cooking oil, matches, candies, biscuits, juice, soap, etc.

Mapatano Group's story

Kibehera, age 43, is the president of Mapatano Group. She's a very energetic entrepreneur with a lot of experience. She's the mother of four children, who all go to school. Her husband is a merchant.

Kibehera has a stall, where she sells various products. In addition, she's a seamstress. She sets up her stall in a busy location in her neighborhood.

She started her business with her husband's assistance. Later on, she obtained a loan from Kiva's partner, the MFI Hekima. She's been running her business for four years.

This new loan will be used to buy various products (two sacks of sugar, one can of cooking oil, matches, two boxes of candies, two boxes of biscuits, one crate of Fanta, one box of juice, one box of lotion, toilet soap, six "pagnes" (colorful African cloth), ten pairs of shoes, etc).

Thus, she hopes to send her children to school, expand her business, and buy a second lot of land. Sales on credit and currency exchange losses are challenges for the development of her business,

In the end, she strongly thanks Hekima for its contribution to make women who are excluded by traditional banks self-supporting, especially during this critical time of war in the East of the country.

In this group: Emerite, Dusabe, Mage, Gahinda, Mukundwa, Bonane, Kibehera, Nilele, Kafurhumika, Matondo, Nyambatsi, Bazinda, Bahimba, Bwenge, Nyiramamba, Francine, Mafuluko, Rugendo, Sabimana, Mike, Lambert, Pacifique, Feza, Kiromba, Wimana, Vumiliya, Utazirubanda, Bisiweka, Justin

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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