A loan of $3,550 helped a member to buy one sack of peanuts and one half box of dried fish.

Soutien Plus Group's story

Godeline F. sells dried fish, peanuts, bread, and fruits, depending on the season. She started her business by selling bread in 1981, with an initial capital of $3. From 1981 to 1990, the evolution of her business enabled her to diversify, adding the sale of soaps, sugar, and dried fish. Political and economical instabilities in the country during the 90's weakened her business. Since 2000, Godeline has been making great efforts to stabilize her business. She decided to join one of the groups of Kiva's partner, HOPE, in order to get financial support to develop her business to support her family. The group she joined is called "Soutient". She plans to use this loan to buy one sack of peanuts and one half box of dried fish, to retail in order to increase her revenue. Her husband has been sick and weak since 2005. Her ambition is to open a shop to sell fresh food. Her business turns a monthly profit of $120. Godeline is married and the mother of 7 children, who are between 13 and 28 years old. Six of them are students.

In this group: Godelive, Rosalie, Mathilde, Charlotte, Thérèse, Nzuzi, Françoise, Sophie, Nelly, Kingalu, Amisi, Mbumba, Claude, Louise, Mimy, Yasmine, Esaie, Naomie, David, Antoinette, Charlotte, Philomène, Josée, Suzanne, Cécile, Mbambi, Ndombe, Dénise, Joelle

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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