A loan of $5,650 helped a member to buy 650 fish.

Shalom Group's story

Hekima client Rose has been a courageous businesswoman for 15 years, officer and member of the community group called "Shalom". A senior entrepreneur, she is 50 years of age, married, and the mother of nine children who are all in school. She sells salted fish. She displays her merchandise at the central market of the town.

Rose is asking for a loan from Hekima to grow her business. She is going to buy 650 fish. Her spouse is a technician and scrap metal dealer. She began her business with money received from her husband. In future she would like to build a nice house for her family and feed and pay school fees for her children. She thanks Hekima for the support it gives to women entrepreneurs who can't obtain a bank loan.

In this group: Rose, Kamate, Lekesa, Victorine, Kisura, Muhindo, Julie, Kaswahili, Zalia, Josephine, Mwajuma, Justine, Euphrasie, Bwira, Bukebuke, Koobwa, Bulaya, Madeleine, Pascaline, Ngwije, Yvette, Kashere, Mwengeshali, Kahambu, Musema, Katsongo, Muhara, Kitimba, Alio, M'cirhuza, Baeni, Sivanzire, Rehema, Kibonero, Asubui, Kalehezo, Muzinga, Bahati, Gisele, Mutangi, Pascaline

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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