A loan of $3,300 helped a member buying sacks of dried beans, onions, vegetable oil, and salted fish for resale.

Mabongisi Ya Nkolo Plus Group's story

Elise M. is a very courageous woman who has spent most of her life, since 1985, selling charcoal. Her business is very demanding. She has to go two or three times a week to the country to buy her merchandise and bring it back for resale to the city. Her business becomes more and more difficult during the rainy season because of the bad condition of the roads, especially in the backwoods.

In January 2008, Elise decided to join one of the groups of Hope RDC in view of finding permanent financial support which will allow her to realize her dream of one day opening a general store. She is a faithful client who has received several loans from Hope, which she has reimbursed completely and on time.

The most recent loan which she has received this month of June permitted her to diversify her business by buying sacks of dried beans, onions, vegetable oil, and salted fish to re-sell in order to increase her profit. She has a working capital of US$ 130 and her business brings in a profit of US$ 40 per week which helps her pay the school fees for her children. She sells her wares in a mountainous zone in the south-west of Kinshasa. Elise is 45, married, and the mother of 4 children, aged between 13 and 19. All are enrolled in school.

In this group: Elisa, Albertine, Virginie, Astrid, Ngombo, Marie, Marceline, Nzau, Mamie, Makambu, Mbodi, Umba, Mbidi, Jovita, Kibula, Marie, Laza, Freddy, Niati, Jean Pierre, Bellyd'or, Pauline, Marie, Alphonsine, Elodie, Niangi, Masevo, Agnès, Rebecca

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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