Total loan: $6,000

Elila Group

KADUTU, South-Kivu, Congo (DRC) / Retail

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A loan helped to purchase backpacks, wrist watches, and necklaces to resell.

Elila Group's story

Spéciose began her small-scale business in 1990. At the time, she used to sell cassette tapes and was supported by a microfinance institution and by her husband. Currently, she sells a variety of goods and finds that this business enables her to provide schooling for her children and ensure her household has enough food. She feels emancipated because of this.

Despite the present difficulties with her business, such as competition, drops in sales, … she thinks that she must have enough capital to be able to stand on her own two feet. In the photo (from left to right), Spéciose is the third person, dressed in wax cloth, and wearing a scarf.