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Voie Du Salut 1 Group
In this Group: Lydia Rolande, Colette, Blandine Mamie, Lie Mesmin, Wilfrid Bertrand
Lydia, age 42, is married with 5 children, ages 2 to 25 years old. She has 4 children currently attending school. She cares for her father as well. Lydia is representing the Voie du Salut 1 group. She sells used clothing at a stand in a local market. She has been selling used clothing for 18 years! She will use the loan to buy a large bale of used clothing. In Congo, suppliers sell used clothing in large bales. The vendors buy these bales to separate and sell the pieces individually. Her business strategy is to ask her customers what they want or are currently needing and to try to find those items.
Lydia has received 3 previous loans from Kiva's partner, HOPE Congo. She has a good repayment record. In the future she would like to start another business selling fish.

Additional Information

Important Information

About HOPE Congo S.A.: HOPE Congo S.A. is a start-up microfinance institution located in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. As of 2009, the Republic of the Congo was the 136th-ranked country in the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Index. The average life expectancy is in the low 50s and food insecurity poses a constant threat to ordinary people’s well-being. Through the creation of community banks, HOPE Congo provides credit, savings, and training for entrepreneurs in Brazzaville. With their services, they aim to nourish a culture of saving and an independent community of responsible and self-sustaining entrepreneurs.

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 (Rep.)

  • $6,600
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Congo (Rep.) Loans Fundraising
  • $2,281,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 529.7
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BEAC (XAF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Voie Du Salut 1 Group's $4,725 loan helped a member to pay for bales of used clothing.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 26, 2012
Jul 10, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 15, 2013