A loan of $3,425 helped a member top buy pharmaceutical products.


Volonte Plus Group's story

Volonté is a group based in Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The group is comprised of 30 members. One of those members is Joseph B..

Joseph is trained to be a nurse and has owned his own pharmacy since 2007. He does his business east of Kisangani, a city that was destroyed by deadly clashes of foreign armies in the year 2000. Kisangani is located in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the Province Oriental which borders with Uganda and the Sudan.

Joseph started his business as an independent nurse who treated patients from his home. Concerned with serving his neighborhood’s community’s needs for medicines, in 2007 he decided to open a pharmacy with the financial support of loans from Hope Kisangani. Today that pharmacy generates a profit of $350 per month for him.

In order to realize his dream of one day opening a Health Clinc, in 2007 Joseph decided to join one of Hope Kisangani’s group – the group is called “Volonté Plus Kis”. He is the vice president of the group. The group “Volonté Plus Kis” is the first of Hope Kisangani’s groups to receive loans from Kiva.

Joseph will use the next loan that he receives to buy the pharmaceutical products that will increase his pharmacy’s stock and therefore grow his revenue.

He is 41 years old, married and the father of 5 children; the children’s ages range from 6 to 21 years. Two of the children are attending school.

In this group: Joseph, Amina, Annie, Alubu, Jeannette, Fatuma, Londeli, Mado, Anna, Henriette, Mapendo, Josephine, Moza, Mpala*, Muzungwa, Safalani, Saidi, Alua, Fatuma, Feza, Jeannine, Maisa, Mangaza, Rebecca, Nafisha, Omana, Yenga, Masida, Kasongo, Mauwa*
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Margot Bonner



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