A loan of $2,950 helped a member to purchase 15 pieces of "pagne" cloth.

Shagali Group's story

Chantal is a shopkeeper and a member of the borrowing group "Shagali," as well as an experienced entrepreneur. She is 35 years old and has 9 children, all of whom attend school. Chantal sells clothing (the "pagne" cloth traditional in western Africa.) She sells her products at the market in the city.

Chantal began her business with the help of her husband, who is a mechanical technician. Later, Chantal received her first loan from the microfinance organization Hekima. She has been in business for 3 years. This new loan will allow her to purchase 15 pieces of "pagne" cloth. She hopes to use this to grow her business, and to educate and feed her children. In closing, she sincerely thanks Hekima for their support of self-sufficiency of women entrepreneurs, by granting them microloans without requiring collateral, especially during this critical time of conflict in the region.

In this group: Wakyahi, Nabintu, Kanyume, Josephine, Chantal, Riziki, Riziki, Kaminda, Lubungo, Sifa, Lwaboshi, Mwengeshali, Kanani, Bushu, Amisi, Nakabuya, Safi Solange, Furaha, Mutangi, Maggy, Mutangi, Kalume, Rehema, Monapi, Nkema, Maleyi

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Long Phillips

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