A loan of $4,550 helped a member to stock up by buying and selling more sacks.

Béthanie Plus Group's story

Mbasa L., aged 40, chairs the Community Bank "Béthanie Plus" made up of 36 members and located in Kisangani in the Eastern Province, north-east of the equator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.The province borders in the north Sudan and in the north-east Uganda. It was the scene of several wars, mainly the war in 2000 when two foreign armies confronted each other in the city and caused thus a lot of destruction and loss of human lives. Currently the economy of the city is gradually recovering, notably thanks to small business owners such as Mbasa L..

Mbasa began his activity in 1982 and has acquired a solid experience. He is a regular client of Microfinance Institution HOPE DRC; he received six loans and repaid them on schedule. His next loan will enable him to buy more sacks for resale and increase his income. He earns a profit of $90 a week from this activity. The goal of Mbasa and his wife is to enable their children to study. They have ten children aged from 4 months to 20 years and only eight of them attend school. Mbasa is determined to develop his business with the financial help of Kiva loans.

In this group: Mbasa, Charly, Ch, Beat, Philipe, Sombo, Jeef, Manga, Bolongola, Loombe, Nzola, Joséphine, Bongundja, Sifa, Posho, Gode, Jurbert, Motoengala, Otshudi, Boyoma, Toba, Henriette, Yali, Loonga, Olihola, Bwama, Bekanda, Sarah, Nestor, Kabali, Charlotte, Salumu, Beondo, Lihen, Kombozi, Nzenze

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Robert Mouris

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