A loan of $3,250 helped a member purchasing one sack of wheat flour, 1 jerrycan of 25 liters of vegetable oil, and some sugar.

Makiese Plus Group's story

Wivine M., 47, is the widowed mother of a daughter who is 24 and who is still a student. She sells fried dough and sausages and eggs. Her present working capital amounts to about US$ 200.

Wivine has her sales point in a neighborhood in the center of Kinshasa where she has lots of customers. She began by selling chickens in 1989. Her intital capital was US$ 40. From 1990 to 1993, with the profits she had accumulated from her business, Wivine diversified and added the sale of sausages which she bought wholesale and delivered to grocery stores. This brought her working capital up to US$ 1,000.

In 1993, Wivine fell victim to the pillaging in Kinshasa and lost all her merchandise. She was left without merchandise and without funds. Thus, from 1994 to 2004, she tried selling cases of soap without success. In 2003 she was caught off balance at the death of her husband. She changed her business in 2005 to begin selling spices which brought her to a significant capital of US$ 2,400--which sadly was stolen by robbers.

Around the end of that same year, Wivine took up selling fried dough again with the insignificant working capital of $20, a business she has continued until this day. Her business is growing rapidly and producing a profit of US$ 30 per week. The loan that she has received has allowed her to buy 1 sack of wheat flour, 1 jerrycan of 25 liters of refined vegetable oil, sugar, and other ingredients for making fried dough in order to grow her profit. Her dream is to open up a drinks depot so as to be able to supply retailers.

In this group: Wivine, Esther, Joelle, Esther, Joséphine, Josée, Cathérine, Agathe, Jacquie, Titi, Pascaline, Marceline, Anna, Christine, Fanny, Toussaint, Brigitte, Albertine, Annie, Mutudiwa, Yvonne, Marie, Huguette, Lessy, Bernadette, Carro, Sylvie, Alice, Mbelani, Moba, Patience, Judith

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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