A loan of $4,450 helped a member to buy 10 sacks of corn and 3 sacks of cassava.

Bokoli Plus Group's story

Hélène N., age 56, is the manager of a group named “Bokoli Plus”.  This community bank is united in solidarity for receiving loans from the micro-finance institution Hope RDC, having the acronym IMF HOPE RDC.  The group is composed of 25 members. 

Hélène manages her own warehouse for sacks of corn and cassava that she has been selling for several years.  She has acquired solid experience in this domain, and she is well-known in her area because of the quality of her merchandise.  Thanks to customer trust from which she benefits, her business is prospering. 

She is a loyal client who has obtained seven different loans from IMF HOPE RDC and who repaid them properly.  Her next Kiva loan through IMF HOPE RDC will be used to purchase ten sacks of corn and three sacks of cassava for resale.  Right now, her business generates a profit of $10 a day for her. 

Her ambition in the near-term is to expand the capacity of her warehouse in order to respond to the demands of her customers and to grow her revenues.  Her business is located in the mountainous area to the west of the city of Kinshasa. 

Hélène is a widow and the mother of eight children, ages 20 to 41 years old.  Three of them are students. 

In this group: Hélène, Odette, Marie, Mado, Marc, Gracia, July, Andrienne, Amba, Angélique, Sydonie, Albertine, Théthé, Suzanne, Nono, Nenette, Nzuzi, Adèle, Thérèse, Annie, Bobette, Kinga, Phélie, Louise, Ida

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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