A loan of $3,725 helped a member to buy three sacks of corn for resale and to grow her business revenues.

Ditalala Plus Group's story

Aniesse K. didn’t think that one day she would be able to obtain financial support from someone who she never met for the purpose of bolstering and developing her business. She sells corn in a mountainous district, west of Kinshasa. She started her business in 1990 by selling used clothing, discarded by owners, to earn next-to-nothing. This is why people call her “Maman Manœuvre”, which means someone who has nothing in the way of capital but who sells no matter what merchandise and is dependant on others to survive. She liked her work and was determined to have her own working capital one day, apart from these cast-offs.

From 1990-1993, Aniesse accumulated profits and managed to total $25 in capital, which had enabled her to buy good clothing to resell. From 1993-2000, through hard work, good managing, and accumulated profits, she decided to switch to another business, getting started in the commerce of food. As such, she began by selling seven 50-kg sacks of corn. Since 2000, she has had her own stock of goods, thirteen 50-kg sacks of corn. Currently, her capital amounts to $250, and her business generates for her a profit of $25 per week.

The loan she obtained last May was used to buy three sacks of corn for bolstering her inventory with the aim of growing her profits. Her ambition is to open an outlet for corn and for beverages.

Aniesse is 42 years old, a widow, and the mother of six children, ranging in age from 6 to 23. The eldest is on his own, and only two are going to school. She is a loyal customer of HOPE who received loans three times and who repaid them completely and on time.

In this group: Aniesse, Fela, Marie Jeanne, Kamuanya, Dimonekene, Thérèse, Nyime, Ntumba, Marie, Buata, Joseph, Monique, Mayi, Masengu, Marie Jeanne, Germaine, Dorcas, Aniece, Beya, Masala, Rose, Mbaya, Makiese, Tshama, Ignace, Matadi, Konji, Nzimbu, Anastasie, José, Muanda, Anny, Rebecca, Biya, Matumona, Chantal, Mutombo, Germaine

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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