A loan of $3,325 helped a member to buy 20 litres of oil, 1 sack of wheat flour, matches, 1 box of soaps, 1 sack of sugar, sweets, biscuits and iodized salt.


Ufalme Group's story

Bagaza has been a trader for four years, and is a member of the business group 'Ufalme'. She is thirty-five years old, and mother to six children. Four of her children attend school, and the other two are too young. Her husband is a teacher. Bagaza sells various products from a stall at her home, on a busy avenue. She began her business with funds received from her husband. She has requested a loan from the field partner, Hekima, in order to improve her business. She will buy twenty litres of oil, one sack of wheat flour, matches, one box of soaps, a sack of sugar, sweets, biscuits and iodized salt. In the future, Bagaza would like to buy a plot of land and build a house. She would also like to feed and educate her children. Bagaza thanks Hekima for supporting women entrepreneurs who are excluded from the traditional banking system. In the photo, one of the clients is holding her child.

In this group: Chitema, Henriette, Julie, Josée, Luanda, Antoinette, Kahambu, Midumbi, Shiaofu, Nyarukewe, Bagaza, Kahombo, Solange, Karine, Egenia, Sebisityo, Muhombo, Kabuo, Buha, Mafuluko, Maerina, Bauma, Shamba, Bahizire, Lukongwe, Mburano, Asha, Kake
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder



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