A loan of $4,225 helped a member to buy sacks of cassava flour, maize and rice, 1 box of milk, 1/2 sack of sugar, 10 kg of meat and 5 litres of oil for use in her restaurant business.

Tupatane Group's story

Gakamba is a retailer and member of the business group, Tupatane. She is a dynamic entrepreneur who is 55 years old and mother to eight children, six of whom attend school and two of whom are too young. She runs a restaurant/cafeteria from a house in the central market of the town. Gakamba started her business five years ago, with funds provided by her husband and then started working with the field partner, Hekima.

She will use her loan to buy sacks of cassava flour, maize and rice, one box of milk, half a sack of sugar, ten kilos of meat and five litres of oil. This will improve the business figures of her restaurant and will enable her to feed and educate her children.

Gakamba is very grateful to Hekima for the help they provide to enable non-bankable women to become independent. This is especially important during this difficult time post conflict in the east of the country.

It should be noted that one of the group members has her baby with her in the photo.

In this group: Ngulu, Miahitse, Kahindo, Furaha, Kahashama, Faida, Sendoke, Nziruva, Hangi, Bindu, Bakulu, Mushinganwa, Gakamba, Hategekimana, Vumilia, Dumbi, Bwira, Sibasuri, Sehumbe, Imoa, Bonane, Mapendano, Bandu, Manjanja, Mukesha, Kapfumda

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder

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