A loan of $4,250 helped a member purchase of 1 sack of rice and 1 sack of sugar to re-sell.

Main De L'eternel Plus Group's story

Marie N. has been a member of one of the Hope groups called « Main de l’Eternel Plus » (The Hand of the Eternal Plus) since January 2008. The goal of joining this group was to have permanent financial support so that she could make her dream of having a general store one day come true. In this way she believed she could increase the income from her business.

Marie began her business in 1991 with an initial capital of US$ 70. From 1991 - 2007, Marie acquired solid experience in selling sugar. Despite the pertubation of her business by the wars and political instability of the 90s in Kinshasa, Marie struggled to maintain her position by reinvesting her profits, working without cease, and by good management. She diversified her business thanks to various loans she received from Hope DRC, which she reimbursed in a timely fashion.

Today her business consists in buying and delivering tea, coffee, and soy to her customers. The loan that she received in this month of June was used to buy 1 sack of sugar, 1 sack of rice, and some milk to resell with the intention of increasing her profit. Presently, her personal capital stands at US$ 180. Her business is bringing in US$ 40 per month.

Marie is 46, married and the mother of 7 children whose ages vary between 3 and 29. Four of them are enrolled in school. She does her business in an outlying and very populous neighborhood north of Kinshasa.

In this group: Marie, Odette, Jonas, Albert, Macky, Régine, Rose, Brigitte, Georges, Souza, Mpoyi, Nsona, Mazita, Godéfroid, Marie, Djony, Christine, Kongolo, Martine, Hélène, Alice, David, Julienne, Watanga, Enongo, Katosi, Nkita, Julienne, Nduana, Safi, Kita, Jean

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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