A loan of $1,800 helped a member to buy two sacks of charcoal, 20 liters of palm oil, half a basket of tomatoes, and spices.


Umoja Ni Nguvu Ii Group's story

Muleherwa, age 61, is a brave merchant and a member of Umoja Ni Nguvu II Group. She's an energetic senior entrepreneur and the mother of nine children. Eight are married, and one is still studying.

She sells food products. She sets up her products at her home, in front of her fence, where she managed to earn a clientele.

She started her business with a first capital that she received from her husband, an agent for a local airline. Later on, she obtained a loan from Kiva's partner, the MFI Hekima.

She's been running this business for thirty years. This new loan will be used to buy two sacks of charcoal, 20 liters of palm oil, half a basket of tomatoes, and spices. She wishes to build a home, feed her child, and ensure he can go to school.

In the end, she strongly thanks Hekima for its contribution to making women entrepreneurs who are excluded from traditional banks self-supporting, especially at this critical post-war time in the East of the country.

In this group: Muleherwa, Regi Vasco, Mpanga, Simbira, Masugamuhanya, Mutuhya, Shamamba, Bashangwa, Mugisho, Kabaraka, Sabuni, Sakali, Mawilondja, Fredina, Mawazo, M'nushiga, Bonishomere, Mamisa, Mado

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann



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