A loan of $3,150 helped a member to buy prepaid phone cards to sell in order to increase the income generated by the business.

Mabondeli Plus Group's story

David K. is president of a group that started with Hope RDC and is called “Mabondeli Plus.” He runs his own telephone booth in a busy neighborhood east of Kinshasa. David entered the world of micro-business in 1993. He would go from village to village bartering salted fish and soap for bags of cassava and corn, which he then sold in Kinshasa. This business supported him while he finished his high school studies in 1998. After the company where he was working closed in 2002, David once again took up bartering in different villages until he opened his own telephone booth in Kinshasa in 2002 using the profits he had accumulated. He plans to use the next loan from Hope to buy prepaid phone cards and sell them in order to increase the income from his business, which provides him with a weekly profit of $35. His ambition is to open a pharmacy, given the increasing need for medicines. David is 36 years old, married and the father of four children aged between two and eight. Two of the children are at primary school.

In this group: David, Annie, Mireille, Annette, Yvette, Charlotte, Siska, Théthé, Jacqueline, Urbain, Odon, Bijou, Solange, Fukiadi, Willy, Faustine, Teme, Bernadette, Marthe, Elysée, Thithi, Moko, Kabbi, Adicha, Papy, Henriette, Thierry, Peter

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Llewellyn

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