A loan of $5,550 helped a member to buy new materials (fabric, sewing machine, string, etc.).


Etoile Group's story

Yema has been a seamstress for 20 years and is a member and treasurer for the Etoile business group. She is 40 years old, a widow, and a mother of three children, who all go to school.

Yema sells sewing materials and is a share owner of a workshop. She started this business with funds from her husband when he was alive. She is seeking a loan from Hekima in order to expand her business.

This new loan will serve to buy new materials (fabric, a sewing machine, string, etc.).

In the future, she wishes to build a house, and feed and educate her children.

Yema thanks Hekima for their support to female entrepreneurs even those who lack collateral.

To note: one member is holding her child in the photo.

In this group: Bahati, Yema, Esperance, Vichy, Ntaliza, Chimanuka, Kashira, Kyavaranga, Kubagire, Mahemba, Noela, Mihako, Regine, Jeannine, Baziki, Shapo, Mwaindja, Kwankura, Busezi, Mikindo, Kavira, Kisuba, Hamuli, Chantal, Ndoole
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara



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