A loan of $2,700 helped a member to diversify his business by adding lollipops, which are sold a lot, to increase his profits.

Rose Plus Group's story

Godefroid K. sells various goods, such as soap, canned foods, sugar, vegetable oil, school supplies, etc... in Kingasani, which is located on the north side of the city of Kinshasa and its most populated part. He started the business by selling sweet beverages in 2001 with $20 in initial capital. From 2001-2005, it was prosperous, enabling him to open a small general store. Through decisive effort and accumulated profits, he was able to amass $250 of working capital this year.

Godefroid intends to use the loan of this May to buy merchandise to bolster his inventory in order to satisfy the needs of his customers for sugar and lollipops. He's running into difficulties due to electric power outages occurring at awkward moments. But he uses blocks of ice to cool his drinks just the way his customers like it. Currently, his business produces $144 in profits a month. He hopes to make more than that in the near future because his ambition is to open a cold room to store fresh foodstuff for customers with the goal of growing his revenues.

Godefroid has been a member of a HOPE RDC group named "La Rose" since 2008. He is 42 years old, married, and the father of four children, ranging in age from 2 to 12. Two of them go to school.

In this group: Godefroid, Béatrice, Bob, Christophe, Emérie, Fifi, Marthe, Sahara, Anne, Isabelle, Alphonse, Clarisse, Emilie, Marceline, Louise, Pétronie, Sele, Otono, Kaku, Madeilène, Pumu, Albertine, Sara, Bolio, Martine, Julie, Claire, Mboma

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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