A loan of $3,700 helped a member to buy 12 sets of "pagnes" (colorful African fabrics).

Joyeuse Bus Group's story

The borrower, Esther, works in retail and is the member of a business group named "Joyeuse Bus". She is 43 years old and a dynamic entrepreneur. She is also married and the mother of three children who all go to school. Esther sells "pagnes" (colorful African fabrics), displaying her merchandise at the local busy market, in town.

Esther has already received loans from Hekima. She has been running her business for the past 26 years. Her husband is currently unemployed. With this new loan, she will buy 12 sets of pagnes.

Esther would like educate and feed her children, as well as install a fence around her plot of land. In the end, she is very thankful to Hekima for empowering women entrepreneurs excluded from the traditional banking system, particular during this post-conflict period in Eastern Congo.

In this group: Esther, Hangi Mburano, Musukali, Faida, Mubatsi, Georgine, Malemo, Sylvie, Kwiraviwe, Gode, Mutangi, Nzanzu, Kataki, Kaghoma, Console, Nzigire, Shabani, Mbavumoja, Francine, Judite, Mastaki, Bahati, Kalivolo

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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