Total loan: $3,800

Arche De Noé Plus Group

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Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Congo (DRC) / Retail

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A loan helped purchasing 2 baskets of smoked fish for resale.

Arche De Noé Plus Group's story

Joséphine got into the world of micro-enterprise at the age of 13 in 1985. Taught by her mother, she acquired a solid experience in selling fresh fish in Mbandaka in the province of Equateur in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 1994, her business had allowed her to accumulate US$ 300 which let her buy a big basket of smoked fish that she sold in Kinshasa. From 1994 to 2000, thanks to her accumulated profit, she diversified her business by adding the sale of mosquito nets, which were very necessary for people in her area to combat malaria. From 2001 to the present, Joséphine took up the sale of fish, which she is better at. Difficulties in her household in 2006 led to a divorce from her husband and caused a drop in her business. Joséphine is very much encouraged by the loans she receives from Hope RDC. The loan she has obtained in the month of June allowed her to buy 2 baskets of smoked fish which she is selling in view of increasing the income from her business which generates US$ 30 in profit per week. Her ambition is to open a little shop and a maize and manioc depot. She has 6 children aged 3-21 of whom only 3 are enrolled in school. Joséphine feels good about her business since she is the breadwinner for her family.

Translated from French by Teresa Kramer, Kiva Volunteer