A loan of $3,150 helped a member to buy new equipment and supplies (scissors, rolls of fabric and thread) for her tailoring business.


Bethlehem Group's story

Marie is a seamstress and has been selling sewing materials in the central market for eleven years. She is a member and vice-president of the business group 'Bethlehem'. Marie is 43 years old, married and mother to nine children. Seven of her children attend school but the other two are still too young. Marie has requested this loan from the field partner, Hekima, in order to expand her business. This new loan will enable her to buy new sewing materials (scissors, rolls of fabric and thread). Marie's husband is a pharmacist, and he provided the initial funds for her to start her business. In the future, Marie would like to build a workshop, and feed and educate her children. She is grateful to Hekima for the support they offer to women entrepreneurs who are excluded from the classic banking system, by granting them unsecured loans.

In this group: Charlie, Gentille, Clarice, Musongolya, Marie, Brigite, Kahindo, Zawadi, Odette, Mushiarhamina, Theophile, Charles, Dorcas, Kasayi, Kaswera, Mashauri, Ntangene, Ngumbirwa, Denise, Nyaruke, Katshuba, Sanata, Aline, Isette, Salome, Mihigo, Amani, Dieu, Marie, Chantal, Rosette, Lucie, Lukwatere, Solange, Angela, Georgine, Alphonsine
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder



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