A loan of $3,325 helped a member to buy 12 sacks of charcoal for resale.


Tosheka Group's story

Regine is a courageous, dynamic entrepreneur with ten years' experience in selling charcoal. She is a member of the business group 'Tosheka', and is fifty-eight years old, widowed and mother to eight children, who all attend school.

Regine sells her goods at a local market. She has requested this loan in order to expand her business by buying twelve sacks of charcoal for resale. Her first business capital was provided through her biological family.

In the future, she would like to improve her capital levels, and educate, clothe and feed her children.

Regine is grateful to the field partner, Hekima, for the support they offer to non-bankable, women entrepreneurs, with their non-guaranteed loans. This is particularly important during the immediate post conflict period in the east of the country.

In this group: Rebecca, Baeni Marie, Kashafali, Regine, Hangi, Bauma Makita, Emiliane, Ariette, Kapambu, Pascaline, Nyakabi, Christine, Secile, Beatrice, Muyora, Luviri, Zigabe, Bapendane, Jules Buhoro, Nichihabage, Claudine, Blandine, Bagalwa, Vincent, Ntashibuko, Sifa, Chantal

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder



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