A loan of $4,200 helped a member to buy a box of salted fish and some chickens for her restaurant.

Divine Elévation Plus Group's story

Fifi L. is a restaurant owner in southeast Kinshasa. In 1982 with $5 in capital, she started this business, grilling and sell fresh fish in front of her parcel of land. The period from 1982 to 1990 was characterized by apprenticing, acquiring experience in the trade, and building a permanent customer base. The pillaging from 1991 to 1993 seriously damaged her business, destroying all her efforts. In 2000, Fifi started up again and managed to achieve stability through determined work and good managing. Today, her restaurant receives an average of 40 customers a day generating a profit of $10 daily. Currently her capital amounts to $120.

Given the growing number of customers who are demanding a lot of salted fish and chicken, and given her limited financial means, Fifi decided to join a HOPE RDC group named “Divine Elévation Plus” with the aim of receiving loans that will enable her to satisfy customer needs and to grow her business revenues. Thus, with the loan received last May, she was able to buy a box of salted fish and some chickens, as planned, for her restaurant. Her ambition is to open a store selling fresh staple foods.

Fifi is 41 years old, unmarried, and the mother of a 21-year-old son.

In this group: Fifi, Théophile, Clémentine, Thérèse, Béatrice, Roger, Trésor, Héradi, Nsimba, Kisita, Pélagie, Marie, Kikongi, Albertine, Emilie, Gaston, Rosalie, Aimé, Mado, Viviane, Gilbertine, Balu, Charly, Ntimasiemi, Clémentine, Marie-Jeanne, Béatrice, Bernadette, Sandra, Antoinette, Faustin, Madéleine, Marie, Françoise, Evariste, Sylvie, Nana, Sylvie, Siki, Pauli, Christine, Doudou, Théo, Réné

Translator profile picture

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

Loan details

Lenders and lending teams

Loan details