A loan of $3,900 helped a member purchase of 1000 packages of bags of water for resale.

Réhoboth Plus Group's story

Chantal has spent a good deal of her life working in micro-business. She has put body and soul into her business's prosperity despite difficult periods. She began a business in 1984 with an initial capital of US$ 50. Between 1984 and 1990, the sale of fresh foodstuffs brought her up to a capital of US$ 100, which allowed her to diversify her business by adding on a general store. This also prospered from 1994 to 2000, at which point Chantal was in a traffic accident as she was out buying goods for her store. Her hospitalization of 4 months caused a noticeable diminishing of her business.

After her convalescence, in 2000, she decided to undertake a different type of business, selling beauty products for women. Since she had acquired so much experience in business management over the years, Chantal was able to accumulate a personal capital of US$ 500 by 2006, which allowed her to open a little factory for pure drinking water that she maintains up to today.

In view of her dream of one day opening a big factory making drinking water so as to serve the population of her neighborhood, which has great need of this product, she decided in December of 2007 to join one of the groups of Hope RDC called « Réhoboth Plus » with the goal of increasing her business's financial base. Chantal is a faithful client of Hope and has received several loans, reimbursing them completely and in a timely manner.

The loan she has received in this month of June allowed her to buy 1000 packages of bags of pure water so as to satisfy the needs of her customers and thus increase her profit. Presently, her personal capital is more than US$ 500. Her business generates $40 in profit per week. Chantal is a 41-year-old woman, married and the mother of 12 children from 4 to 24 years of age. Eleven of them are enrolled in school.

In this group: Chantal, Anna, Jeanpy, Gaby, Bertile, Robert, Owanga, Anade, Mamie, Mambi, Mado, Buese, Emilie, Germaine, Astride, Nzumba, Marie, Mimi, Pauline, Colette, Blandine, Jacques, Pitchou, Christine, Marie, Monique, Germaine, Bibiane, Sabine, Séraphine

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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