A loan of $5,275 helped a member to purchase 35 pairs of shoes.


Bon Samaritain Group's story

Buhendwa is the president of the borrowing group "Bon Samaritain" ("Good Samaritan") and is an experienced, dynamic entrepreneur. She is 40 years old and the mother of 7 children, all of whom attend school. Her husband is a nurse in a community medical center.

Buhendwa sells shoes in a public market and sometimes from her home. She began her business with help from her husband. Later, she received a loan from the MFI Hekima. She has been in business for 10 years. This new loan will allow Buhendwa to purchase 35 paris of shoes.

With her earnings, she plans to educate her children, expand her business offerings, and to build an attractive home for her children. Theft, nonpayments, and losses are challenges for her business. In closing, she sincerely thanks Hekima for supporting autonomy for female entrepreneurs not eligible for traditional banking, especially during this critical time of war in the east of the country. It should be noted that some of the borrowers are featured holding their babies.

In this group: Jean Claude, Lwaboshi, Nhonzi, Agnes, Zihalirwa, Badosa, Buhendwa, Kibandja, Nyirandegeya, Kayumbu, Furaha, Uzima, Buhendwa, Bashonga, Mwadia, Balume, Nyamushi, Didier, Miganda, Chemwenge, Wetemwami, Maene, Sifa, Riziki, Hekima, Marara, Judith, Justine, Makanderey, Bahaya, Barhumana, Matembera, Zawadi, Mwamini, Kauwirwa, Bwira, Bahati

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Long Phillips



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