A loan of $4,600 helped a member to buy chairs to rent.

Bethleem Plus Group's story

Marcelin has been a small business owner since 2003. He is the leader of the village bank "Bethleem Plus", a group of 25 members who are jointly liable for the loans that lenders worldwide grant them through Kiva and microfinance institution HOPE DRC.

Marcelin's business consists in renting chairs at the central market in Kinshasa. He is a regular client who got seven loans and repaid all his installments on schedule. He will use his next loan to buy more chairs to meet the demand of his customers and increase his working capital. His ambition is to open a henhouse to produce and sell eggs, thus diversifying his business and increasing his income. Marcelin is aged 47, married and the father of three children aged 10 to 15. They all attend school.

In this group: Marcelin, Maguy, Hélène, Marie, André, Coco, Antho, Caleb, Sedar, Pélagie, Zizi, Jacquie, Elenge, Annie, Otis, Nady, Pierre, Agnès, Béatrice, Chantal, Honorine, Arsène, Nicolas, Maurice, Josée
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Robert Mouris

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