A loan of $2,875 helped a member to buy a box of bird thighs and a box of turkey meat to sell for growing her revenues.

Tuwisana Plus Group's story

Marthe M. makes and delivers to her customers shikwangues (a kind of bread made of cassava flour). It is a principal food for the Congolese in Kinshasa. She started in this business in 1998 while including a woman who used to make it. In October 1998, Marthe learned to make it. She bought a sack of cassava with the money earned from accumulated commissions and started developing her own business. This business improved nicely in 1999 through 2006, when she got divorced. With $320 in capital, Marthe decided to work with determination and good managing in order to realize her dream of opening one day a butcher shop for goats.

With the loan she obtained in this month of April, she diversified her business by buying a box of bird thighs and one box of turkey meat to be resold, so as to grow her revenues from her business, which presently generates $60 of profit per week. Her current capital amounts to $235.

Marthe is 38 years old, divorced, and the mother of nine children, ages 4 to 22. Five of them live with her, and three attend school.

In this group: Marthe , Jacqueline, Esther, Eléonort, Jérémie, Marguerite, Mireille, Tshisekedi*, Micky, Dieu Donné, Mutanga, Nzumba, Pezo, Angélique, Céléstin, Papy, Elali, Emilie, Jeannette, Monique, Albertine, Thythy, Alphonsine, Nseya, Claudine, Mabeta, Julienne, Véronique, Bebe, Alphonsine, Hélène, Mamie, Hélène, Agate
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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