A loan of $3,200 helped a member purchase of a big basket of smoked fish for re-sale.

Lisungi Plus Group's story

Louise E. has been working in micro-business since 2003. She began by selling salted fish with an initial capital of US$ 2, and her profits swiftly accumulated, allowing her to open up a little restaurant in 2004. The slowness with which this little restaurant developed, as far as turnover is concerned, pushed Louise to abandon it that same year and take up the selling of fish again, a business she was better versed in.

Being limited as far as financial means go and in view of her ever growing clientele, in 2005, Louise decided to join one of the groups of HOPE, called "Lisungi" which means "aid", with an eye to satisfying the needs of her customers and growing the income from her business. She has been a faithful client who has had several loans through HOPE and has correctly reimbursed them. Presently, her working capital stands at US$ 200. The loan she received this past month of May is being used to buy a big basket of smoked fish which she has added to her offerings along with salted fish, mushrooms, grubs (moth larvae, an important source of protein) and small fry (very young fish) that she already sells.

Her business generates a profit of US$ 80 per month. Her dream is to open a general store. Louise is married, 44 years old, and the mother of 6 children from 18 to 26 years of age. Only one of them is still living with the parents and attending school.

In this group: Louise, Ayenia, Anne, Jeanne, Nyota, Sibatu, Kumbusona, Angel, Mbuyi, Marie, Jacquie, Godé, Lukiatima, Charlotte, Alphonsine, Monique, Julienne, Charlotte, Virginie, Chantal, André, Delphine, Marie, Guy, Kande

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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