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Développement Plus Group
In this Group: Léonie, Anne, Brigitte, Béatrice, Bernadette, Jacqueline, Mamie, Alpha, Henri, Esther, Angélique*, Lylie, Irène, Dorcas, Elisa, Lufuluabo, Thérèse, Colette, Marie, Philbert
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Léonie is a leader of the community bank named “Développement Plus” which is composed of 20 micro-entrepreneurs, united in solidarity to obtain loans from Kiva through the MFI HOPE DRC with the goal of developing their businesses.

Léonie sells plantain bananas at a market located in the western area of Kinshasa. She has been in business since 1989. Her beginning capital was US$ 50. Currently, through her sales, Léonie makes about US$ 35 per week. Her plans are to use the next loan to purchase some stalks of plantain bananas to resell in order to increase her income. She is a trustworthy client of the MFI Hope DRC, having eight times received and properly repaid loans. She dreams of one day opening a supermarket in her area. Léonie is 46 years old, married and a mother of four children whose ages are between 8 and 14. All of them attend school.

Additional Information


HOPE International has been providing small business loans and savings services to thousands of entrepreneurs in DRC since 2004. HOPE DRC targets small business owners who can use loans to increase their inventories or invest in assets that have the potential to increase their incomes. Funds from Kiva lenders play a major role in expanding access to affordable, flexible capital for micro-entrepreneurs, 80% of whom are women.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Congo (Dem. Rep.)

  • $700
    Average annual income
  • 6
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    Congo (Dem. Rep.) Loans Fundraising
  • $11,618,125
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Développement Plus Group's $3,400 loan helped a member to purchase some stalks of plantain bananas to resell at a profit.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 20, 2010
Oct 25, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 26, 2011