A loan of $3,550 helped a member to buy cases of beverages and other various items.


Eden Plus Group's story

François K., age 57, is the leader of a group of 30 micro-entrepreneurs called "Eden Plus". He sells drinks and other various items such as soap, cookies, canned food, etc. He's been running this business since 2003. His business is located in an outlying part of town, north of Kinshasa. François has been a loyal customer of Kiva's partner, the MFI Hope RDC, since 2008. He works hard to one day realize his dream: open a general store. At this time, his business turns a weekly profit of $70. With the next loan, he intends to buy 10 cases of beverages, and various other items to bolster his store. François is married and the father of 7 children, aged 7 to 30. Out of them, three attend school.

In this group: François, Mamie, Marcéline, Didi, Micheline, Chantal, Chantal*, Albertine, Marvina, Mamie, Honorine, Clémentine, Odette, Henriette*, Céléstine, Marie-Jeanne, Mbululu, Cel*, Virginie, Véronique, Berthe, Régine, Rachel*, Cadet, Astride*, Annie, Mukoko, Michael, Aimée, Chouchouna
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann



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