Total loan: $8,575

Dieu Benit 2 (2) Group

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Brazzaville, Brazzaville, Congo (Rep.) / Food

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A loan helped to purchase additional sacks of sugar and rice, and salted fish, soap, and beans for her shop.

Dieu Benit 2 (2) Group's story

Irma is 53 years old and continues to take care of her younger sister and two younger brothers. For the last 19 years, Irma has run her own business selling groceries and other miscellaneous items in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo. Irma has a small shop in front of her house where she sells cooking oil, soap, sugar, rice and other miscellaneous items. In order to grow her business, Irma joined HOPE Congo in 2013 and became part of the community bank group DIEU BENIT 2 (2). She would like to take out a loan of 500,000 CFA to continue to invest in her business. With this money, Irma will be able to purchase additional sacks of sugar and rice to divide up into smaller portions to sell. She will also buy salted fish, soap, and beans to add to her stock. Being a part of DIEU BENIT 2 (2) has helped Irma to combat the constant fluctuations in market prices now that she is able to purchase all her goods at once. Irma brings in customers by welcoming people with open arms so that people feel at ease in her shop. In the future Irma hopes that her business will become stable enough that she will be able to travel to other countries and launch herself into commerce. Irma dreams of traveling to Cotonou, Benin to purchase appliances and clothes for resale in Brazzaville, where such items are unavailable. For herself and her family, Irma hopes to eventually build her own house with the profits from her business.