A loan of $3,050 helped a member to buy 90 pairs of shoes.

Mama Inuka Group's story

The borrower, Zihalirwa, has been involved in retail for two years and she is a member of the "Mama Inuka" business group. She is a 40-year-old entrepreneur, married, and the mother of seven children. Six of her children are in school. The seventh is still very young.

Zihalirwa sells shoes. She sets up her merchandise at her town's central market. She is taking a loan from Hekima to increase her business, and is planning to buy 90 pairs of shoes. Her husband is also involved in retail.

In the future, she would like to buy a piece of land and be able to feed, clothe and educate her children. She thanks Hekima for focusing its support on women entrepreneurs excluded from the traditional banking system, and for granting them loans without any material collateral (particularly during this post-conflict period in the eastern part of the country). It should be noted that one of the borrowers in the photo is carrying her baby.

In this group: Shamamba, Ntabugi, Ndamy, Esperance, Nirore, Musanga, Zihalirwa, Bafuruma, Ciraba, Kamate, Shabanyere, Ndoole, Ndoole, Mukasiri, Tambo, Josee, Wivine, Gizelle, Kavanga, Mastaki, Shani, Faida, Hangi, Balemo, Murinba

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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