A loan of $3,475 helped a member to buy "pagnes" and ladies' shoes to bolster her business.

Lisala Plus Group's story

Kiki N. was trained as an esthetician. She lives in a central neighbourhood of Kinshasa where she has been in business since 1995. Her first business, from 1995 to 1999, was a restaurant which she opened with $150 in startup capital. This business became a beauty salon in 1999 because of her health. The beauty salon did well between 1999 and 2003 because of her speciality. Since 2003, Kiki has diversified her business: she has added women's clothing in order to increase her income. She sells "pagnes" (colourful cloth worn by women and wrapped like a sarong), dresses and so on. In order to reach her goal o fopening a boutique selling imported clothing for men and women, Kiki decided in July 2008 to join one of the groups, "Lisala", of the MFI Hope. She has already received two loans which were repaid on time and in full. The loan which she received in April allowed her to buy "pagnes" and ladies' shoes in order to bolster her business. Currently, her capital is $400. Her business generates a profit of $60 a week. Kiki is 44 years old, single, and the mother of a 16-year-old girl who attends school.

In this group: Kiki, Hélène, Adoliphine, Marie, Charlotte, Joséphine, Marie, Yala, Christelle, Lylie, Caroline, Lotia, Koffi, Albertine, Adéline, Angélique, Veintura, Ngangu*, Marie, Rachelle, Ambroise*, Jolie, Angèle, Christine
*not pictured

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