A loan of $5,000 helped a member to purchase 50 lengths of 'pagne' cloth and various clothing.

Les Séraphins 5 Group's story

This client, Nabintu, is a merchant and a member of the business group "Les Séraphins 5". She is a senior entrepreneur, 48 years old, and a mother of ten children, who are all students. This client is a seamstress and vendor of a variety of clothing. She displays her merchandise in a house on a busy street in town. She started her business with initial capital from her husband, who is a guard at a local security agency. Later on, she benefited from a loan from the microfinance institution Hekima. She has been in this business for two years.

This new loan will be used to purchase 50 lengths of 'pagnes' (the colorful cloth of western Africa) and various clothing. She would thus like to grow her enterprise and provide education and food for her children.

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

In this group: Nabintu, Nabintu, Kabamba, Luendo, Safafi

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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