A loan of $5,900 helped a member to buy 13 sacks of cassava flour.

Safina Group's story

The customer, Kitunyema, is a trader and also an advisor and member of the Safina business association. She is a dynamic entrepreneur, who is 58 years old. She lives by herself and has two children, who are both married. The customer sells groceries and lays out her goods on a stall in the town market. She began her business with an initial capital given to her by her parents. Later on she received a loan from IMF Hekima. She began her business 25 years ago. This new loan will be used to buy 13 sacks of cassava flour. She thereby hopes to be able to buy a plot of land and build on it, as well as to educate and feed her grandsons. Finally, she is extremely grateful to Hekima for making female entrepreneurs, who are exlcuded from classic banks, autonomous, particularly during this difficult post-conflict period in the east of the country.

In this group: Kitunyema, Kasheke, Aimé, Kamwagha, Bagwiza, Bizibavaho, Mastaajabu, Karegeya, Saruvuna, Rachel, M'bafakulera, Chancelline, Zawadi, Masika, Isesomo, Ndengeye, Buhoro, Umutoni, Kabuo, Akili, Basebya, Nyiranziza, Karera, Kageyo, Michonya, M'nzonga, Kasimba, Zawadi

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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