A loan of $3,250 helped a member to buy a box of fresh fish, peanuts, and spices to resell.

Rachetés Plus Group's story

Elisa N. sells fresh staple foods and spices. She started her business in 2000 after her divorce. Her initial capital was $25, which had enabled her to buy a box of fish to resell. After working hard, she was able to grow her capital to $100 in 2005. Her business experienced some difficulty in 2005-2007 following untimely electrical outages in her district that caused the fish to spoil. Her business regained its normal momentum in 2008 since electrical power was stabilized.

Wanting to bolster her business continually and to grow her revenues, Elisa joined one of the groups of the micro-finance institution HOPE RDC named “Rachetés” in December 2008. The loan she obtained enabled her to buy a box of fresh fish, some peanuts, and spices to resell with the goal of augmenting her profits. Currently, her business generates a profit of $20 per week. Her ambition is to open a house with a cold room for reselling fresh staple items.

Elisa is 50 years old, divorced, and the mother of four children, ages 16 to 30. The last two of them live with her. She is happy with the loans received from HOPE because they help her to develop her business and give her hope.

In this group: Elisa, Marie Claire, Marguerite, Niclette, Espérance, Lina, Dodo, Lukombo, Julienne, Virginie, Dorcas, Elisa, Aimée, Germaine, Catho, Mbuyi, Albertine, Angèle, Jacquie, Anna, Chouchou, Lydie, Christine, Stévine, Charlotte, Justine, Annie, Djukwe, Fineza , Hélène, Françoise, Hélène, Hortense , Eugénie, Pauline, Pembele, Tuzizila

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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