A loan of $3,775 helped a member purchasing 30 sacks of charcoal for re-sale.


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Odile N. sells charcoal in a very populous neighborhood situated north of Kinshasa. Her present working capital amounts to US$ 150. Her business makes a profit of US$ 11 per wek.



Odile began her first business in 2000. After divorcing from her husband in 1998, she and her 8-year-old daughter came through a very difficult economic period. She began her business with an initial capital of US$ 20. She was selling omelettes and tea to her customers. From 2000 to 2008 her capital rose to US$ 200.



She had a drop in capital in 2009 due to the instability of the currency. This new loan has permitted Odile to buy 30 sacks of charcoal for re-sale so as to increase her profit. Her dream is to open a charcoal depot so as to supply retailers.



Odile is 43, divorced, and the mother of 4 children, of whom one daughter of 8 years old lives with her and is enrolled in school.

In this group: Odile, Espérance, Israel, Ida, Vicky, Mengo, Eveline, Alphonse, Françoise, Félicité, Michel, Patience, Régine, Tshiabu, Joseph, Gode, Fidèle, Léa, Sécile, Sylvie, Marie, Chantal, Rebecca, Berthe, Mamie, Marthe, Kumba, Brandon, Scola, Henri

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer



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