A loan of $7,000 helped a member to purchase cases of soft drinks and 'pagne' cloth to sell.

Tuwatikanaye Group's story

Wanzavalere is a good and honest merchant and the president of the business collective "Tuwatikanaye". A senior entrepreneur and energetic, he is 65 years old and a married father of ten children, who are all married. This client is a vendor of drinks and clothing made of 'pagnes' (the colorful cloth of western Africa). He sets up his merchandise at a refreshment stand/store at the entrance to the town's central market, where he knew how to earn his customers. He has been in this business for 45 years. His spouse is also a merchant.

He started his business with initial capital from his parents. Later on, he benefited from a loan from the microfinance institution Hekima. This new loan is going to be used to purchase 50 cases of Primus, 50 cases of 'sucré coca cola' and 50 lengths of 'pagne' cloth. Thus, he would like to provide education for his grandchildren and to feed them.

In conclusion, he thanks Hekima very much for supporting autonomy among small-scale entrepreneurs excluded from the traditional banking system, especially during this difficult time post-conflict in the country's east.

In this group: Wanzavalere, Kalungero, Mughumalewa, Kasereka, Mbeneke

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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