A loan of $9,525 helped a member to buy 150 pairs of used shoes.

Tujikaze Group's story

Chirimwami has worked in retail for four years, and is a member of the Tujikaze business group. She is 30 years of age, married, and a mother to five children (two at school and three babies). She works in the street selling footwear in a lively part of town, and has requested a loan from Hekima to increase her business. She plans to buy 150 pairs of used shoes.

Chirimwami's husband is also a retailer, and she started her business with funds she received from him. In the future she would like to buy a plot of land, as well as to educate and feed her children. She is truly grateful to Hekima for the support it gives to women entrepreneurs who are excluded from the traditional banking system, providing them with loans without collateral during these hard times of conflict in the eastern part of the country.

In this group: Mirey, Aimée, Adelphine, Nabimana, Antoinette, Bahati, Francoise, Ramazani, Mirimo, Tulinabo, Nsiire, Furaha, Mihigo, Kabindi, Lwaisa, Chirimwami, Fazili, Muhombo, Jeanne, Buliga, Bunyeru, Safi, Hamkinzi, Kanyere, Bwira, Ntako, Bahani, Rubungo, Busanga, Mutoo, Muteberwa, Pascaline, Nyakana, Ntaka

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert

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