A loan of $1,825 helped a member to buy 3 cases of Primus beer and 2 cases of Coca Cola for resale.

Canaana Group's story

Kibwana is a courageous woman, she is a trader and the president of the business group 'Canaana'. She is a dynamic, senior entrepreneur with the group, fifty years old, married and mother to ten children, who all attend school. Kibwana sells drinks from a small stall in her busy local neighbourhood. She has been very successful in building up a regular group of customers.

Kibwana started trading with capital that was provided by her husband, who is a taxi driver. After some time, she began working with the field partner, Hekima. She has now been trading for twenty-five years.

Kibwana will use her loan to buy three cases of Primus beer and two cases of Coca Cola. She hopes that this will help increase her working capital, and allow her to feed and educate her children.

Kibwana is very grateful to Hekima for helping small entrepreneurs, who are excluded from the traditional banking system, become independent. This is particularly valuable during this time of conflict in the east of the country.

In this group: Mami, Hanamwisho, Kihumbe, Kibwana, Buyihalirwa, Elodi, Tulinabo, Kitihiri, Sikuhimbire, Muhamedi, Safari, Nginga, Cecile, Ruth, Wivine, Cornelle, Kasoki, Kaleko, Buhendwa, Ngongo, Walisso, Anita, Siwatula Charl, Kandolo

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder

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