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Saint Laurent Plus Group
In this Group: Mawete, Ngunda, Kasubi, Han, Luzala, Kidilako, Olivier, Nduli, Nsakala, Monique, Muamba, Georlin, Akenda, Cherdo, Keya, Tusevo
Mawete is 53 years old and a widow with nine children. For the past 12 years, she has sold fruit in her local area located in the eastern part of Kinshasa. Mawete is the chairwoman of a community bank named "Mawete Plus," that is comprised of 16 members firmly united to receive loans from the micro-finance institution HOPE RDC in order to develop their individual businesses. She has previously borrowed and repaid a loan from HOPE DRC to expand her business. Mawete’s business generates 35 USD weekly in profits and one of her strategies is to keep close relationships with her clients.

Mawete is requesting a loan to buy two sacks of fruit to resell at a profit. She will be able to meet customer demand and generate additional profits. Her ambition is to become a fruit provider.

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
  • 10
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    Congo (Dem. Rep.) Loans Fundraising
  • $12,424,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Saint Laurent Plus Group's $2,600 loan helped a member to buy fruit to resell at a profit.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 18, 2012
Apr 25, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 15, 2012