A loan of $3,150 helped a member to buy 20 pairs of women's shoes for resale.


Alpha Group's story

Mariamu has been a trader for twenty years, and she is a member of the business group 'Alpha'. This senior entrepreneur is forty-eight years old, married and has nine children. Seven of her children attend school but the others are still too young.

Mariamu sells second-hand shoes at the central market in the town. She has requested this loan from the field partner, Hekima, in order to expand her business. She will buy twenty pairs of women's shoes for resale. Mariamu's husband is a tailor and she started her business with money provided by him.

In the future, she would like to increase her working capital, feed and educate her children.

Mariamu is very grateful to Hekima for providing invaluable support to non-bankable, women entrepreneurs, by offering them unguaranteed loans. This is especially important during this post-conflict period in the east of the country.

In this group: Elizabeth, Kambale, Kasika, Kitsongo, Riziki, Chizungu, Furaha, Bihamba, Nganiza, Nyamutega, Mbilika, Kataliko, Sangi, Nyamutega, Kashoma, M'makeba, Nakatusi, Sanganya, Mugaruka, Nyenyezi, Sakina, M'cihonzi, Mariamu, Matiyabo, Bashimbe, M'kamurara, Zihindula
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder



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