A loan of $4,175 helped a member to buy a dozen lengths of pagne cloth for resale with the gaol of growing her income.


Bolotshi Plus Group's story

Ngele B., aged 49, is the manager of a communal bank named "Bolotshi Plus", which is established in solidarity with 31 members with the common objective of developing their small businesses by using micro-loans received from world lenders via Kiva and the micro-finance institution HOPE RDC.  Ngele's principal business involves selling Wax Anglaise pagnes (colorful West African cloth).  She started this business in 2004 with $20 in initial capital.  She has acquired over the years some solid experience in this small-scale commerce, which now brings in $120 a week in profit, more or less. 

The next loan will enable her to buy a dozen lengths of pagnes to sell and to diversify her business by buying various goods in demand in her area.  Her dream is to open a general store to respond to the needs of her customers in her district.  Ngele is a loyal client who has received a loan from HOPE RDC five times, and she repaid all of them properly. 

She is a widow with three children, ages 10 to 16 years.  All of them go to school.  She and her children live in a mountainous area located west of the city of Kinshasa.

In this group: Ngele, Bernadette, Detty, Florence, Marthe, Patience, Jacqueline, Mamie, Rose, Pauline, Yome Ange*, Brigitte, Julienne, Mado, Marthe, Marie-Jeanne, Hortence, Marie, Germaine, Pauline, Bernadette, Bebe, Nana, Yollande, Christine, Célestine, Espérance, Chantal, Vastin, Mola, Augustine
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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