Aaron often found himself in such difficulty that he risked being unable to pay for supplies for his business but with microcredit, things have changed.
“Sometimes I would run out of money and would then miss opportunities to buy what I needed for my business.” With this memory in mind, Aaron, the man holding the blue crate in the photo, told us what it means to him to be part of a community microcredit group.
Aaron has a small business selling bananas which he buys and then sells to brewers of banana beer, a traditional and popular drink in the region but he often did not have enough money to buy the bananas which affected the whole business. By participating in the community microcredit group “Twitezimbere”, Aaron was able to overcome this difficulty: “Now, when I need money I apply to the group and when I receive the amount I need I can continue my business without any problems.”
But Aaron also has a dream: “I would like to grow and maybe even have my own banana fields to be able to brew my own traditional beer and sell it directly without intermediaries”. The “You can do it!” community microcredit and microfinance project in Burundi aims to accompany and support realities and stories like Aaron’s, strengthening and expanding their activities. To make their dreams come true.