A loan of $3,475 helped a member to buy two sacks of beans.

Zabayo Group's story

The customer, Safi, is a courageous trader, who is also president and a member of the Zabayo business group. She is an experienced and dynamic entrepreneur who is 50 years old and mother to nine children, five of whom are studying and four others who are already married. The customer sells beans and lays out her goods at home in the outlying district of the town. She began her business with capital from her husband, who is a teacher. Later on she got a loan from IMF Hekima. She has been carrying out this business for the past 30 years and this new loan will be used to buy two sacks of beans. She would thereby like to increase her capital, educate and feed her children. Finally, she is extremely grateful to Hekima for enabling female entrepreneurs who are excluded from the classic bank system to become autonomous, partiuclarly during this difficult post-conflict period in the east of the country. It should be noted that some of the customers in the photo are carrying their babies.

In this group: Safi, Birori, Hitimana, Bagheni, Alphonsine, Alisa, Euge, Germanie, Polepole, Buhendwa, Shamambo, Soki, Kabumba, Kakundi, Mushengezi, Dusabe, Kriso, Tantine, Devote, Justine, Musafiri, Espoir, Musafir, Tresor, Bonane, Maombi

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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