A loan of $4,150 helped a member bolster the raw materials for her restaurant so as to earn more.

Soleil Plus Group's story

Brigitte M. is growing a little restaurant by selling "shikwangues" (one of the main foods in Kinshasa) accompanied by condiments. Her clientele is growing quickly beause she is a good cook. That is why she plans, with this month-of-May loan, to build up the stock of her restaurant so as to better satisfy her clientele and earn more money. With the same goals in mind, she would like to diversify her business by adding the sale of spices, which sells well in her neighborhood in the north-east of Kinshasa.

Brigitte began her career in sales for the first time in 1983. The initial capital that allowed her to buy 2 kilograms of meat to grill and sell as brochettes up until 1987 was US$ 4.

From 1987-2002, Brigitte attended secondary school and received her diploma. In 1987 she moved and decided to change over to selling fritters. The exorbitant hike in the price of vegetable oil, one of the main raw materials for making fritters, ended this business. From 2002 until today, Brigitte has been running a cooked food business which presently generates US$ 10 per week. Her ambition is to open a grocery store to satisfy the needs of the people of her neighborhood. She is 42, divorced, and the mother of 5 children, aged between 4 and 17. Four of them are enrolled in school.

In this group: Brigitte, Zando, Pauline, Djato, Abon, Moise, July, Sylvain, Henriette, Béatrice, Liliane, Thérèse, Annie, Musumba, François, Emery, Chantal, Ntefua, Nseya, Constant, Bernadette, Julienne, Clarisse, Asnate, Rivalin, Jean Pierre

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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