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A loan of $3,450 helped a member to buy 5 boxes of soap, 1 sack of sugar, and canned food.

Amitié Plus Group's story

Constant Nsotala makes cookies and cakes that he sells in his neighborhood, located in the western part of Kinshasa. In addition, he's developing a small shop selling various commonly used items. He plans to use this loan to buy products his clientele is asking for, such as soaps, sugar, canned food, etc... in order to bolster his working capital and increase his revenue. Constant is a trained furniture maker, but he's happy to run this business because it provides him with financial means to support his family. He started his business in 1996 with an initial capital of $25, selling corn and cassava. In 2003, after years of hard work, determination, and, most importantly, good management, he succeeded in achieving a $600 capital. This amount enabled him to buy two used ovens to cook cookies. His capital now amounts to $270, and his business turns a monthly profit of $120. His ambition is to one day open a bakery, because demand for it is very high. Constant is well known in his field, thanks to the quality of his products. He's married and the father of 2 children, age 10 and 14, who both attend school.

In this group: Constant, Alphonse Claude, Blandine, Solange, Véronique, Floriane, Monique, Adrienne, Céléstine*, Patricia*, Benjamin, Junior, Maguy, Thérèse, Claudine, Anastasie, Annie, Céline, Huguette, Elise, Charly, Monique, Nenette, Evelyne, Eve, Régine
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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