A loan of $3,175 helped a member buy a third mill so as to increase his profits.

Abraham Plus Group's story

Jérôme O. became a micro-entrepreneur in 1982. He began by selling flip-flops with an initail capital of US$ 5. From 1993-1997, he tried out various commercial activities, notably exchanging currencies, selling maize, and selling charcoal.

In 2006, he bought his first mill. At the end of two years and thanks to the profit from that mill, he was able to buy a second that he still uses today. His business is situated in a northern district, the most populous of Kinshasa. In vue of his growing clientele, Jérôme has planned to use this month-of-May loan to buy a third mill so as to further increase his earnings. Presently, his business is bringing in a profit of US$ 75 per week.

The difficulty he encounters in his business is untimely power outages. Jérôme intends to buy a generator with later loans so as to be able to serve his clients at all times and thus earn more money. He is 43, married and father of 3 children, aged between 5 and 12. Only two are enrolled in school. He is a faithful member of one of the HOPE DRC groups named "Abraham". His dream is to open a real flour mill for the people living in his district.

In this group: Jérôme, Claudine, Esther, Pétronie, Tubadi, Chantal, Mado, Soleil, Ruth, Fifi, Françoise, Alain-Réné, Odia, Kiteba, Gisèle, Magembi, Anny, Esther, Kazuela, Ornela, Pascaline, Paola, Ernestine, Claire, Ida, Amaza, Nicole, Solange, Hélène, Monique, Pauline

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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