A loan of $4,675 helped a member to purchase drinks and squash to strengthen her business.


Mwinda Plus Group's story

60 year old Mbeli I. is the director of a group called "Mwinda Plus", which means "Light" in English. The group is comprised of 27 members; micro-entrepreneurs are all united to receive loans from Kiva together, with the goal of developing their businesses.

Mbeli sells drinks and squash (the vegetable) in front of her house in the southwest part of the city of Kinshasa. She started her business in 2004 with an initial capital investment of $60. Since 2008 she has been a faithful client of The Micro-Finance Institution HOPE RDC (IMF HOPE RDC) and so far she has received 6 loans, all of which she has properly repaid.

She is counting on the next loan in order to strengthen her stock and to purchase drinks and squash, in order to respond to the demands of her clientele and therefore grow her revenues. Her dream is to open a beverage warehouse. Today her business generates profits of $15 each week.

Mbeli is married and the mother of 7 children whose ages range from 18 to 38 years old. One of the children attends school. She is determined to develop her business through this loan.

In this group: Mbeli, Mboyo, Odette, J Marc*, Espérance, Sébastien, Félix, Cécile, Thérèse, Béatrice, Espé*, Françoise, Jean, Ikolo, Irènne, Alphonsine, Charlotte, Jarias*, Ekanga, Cathérine, Patrick, Mosoko, Pauline, Solange, Lorentine, Béa, Henriette
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Margot Bonner



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