A loan of $3,075 helped a member to buy 12 outfits [pagnes].


Ukweli Group's story

Victorine is the president of the group "Ukweli". She is dynamic and the most experienced entrepreneur [of the group]. She is 64 years old, widowed, and the mother of 10 children, who are all married. Victorine sells clothes (pagnes) along a road in a busy area. She started this business with the help of her husband (who was alive at the time). Later, she benefited from a loan from Hekima. She has been in this business now for 18 years. This new loan will be used to buy 12 pagne outfits. She hopes to expand her business and also build a house for her grandchildren. Finally, Victorine wants to strongly thank Hekima for their support to make female entrepreneurs, who cannot access traditional financial services, independent, especially during this critical time of war in the east of the country.

In this group: Chirezi, Ramazani, Victorine, Lyogali, Martine, Bausa, Bakungu, Lukambo, Rubusha, Muheto, Matembeta, Omba Sifa, Mbisimwa, Chibalonza, Nyanvura, Saidi, Nabegabe, Ndalemwa, Mupenda, Shamavu, Nyanvura, Francoise, Yosephine, Ndabugi, Jeannette, Sakina, Matiti, Machozi
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara



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