A loan of $3,325 helped a member to purchase women's clothing (pagnes) to resell.


Totosa Plus Group's story

“Totosa Plus” is a group of owners of small businesses chaired by Anne L.. Its members are jointly liable for loans granted by Kiva to grow their businesses.

Anne L. is determined to be a successful businesswoman. She sells pagnes (lengths of brightly colored African print cloth) at the market located northeast of Kinshasa. She became a microentrepreneur in 1994. Anne has already received two loans from Microfinance Institution HOPE DRC and fully repaid them. She intends to use this loan to expand her inventory. She will buy pagnes. Currently she earns a profit of $50 a week. She will seek to make more profit by importing her products herself. Anne is 48 years old, widowed and the mother of six children aged 11 to 29. One of them attends school.

In this group: Anne, Louise, Brigitte, Mamie, Virginie, Marie-Josée, Jeannette, Jeanine, Kwenge, Marie, Thethe*, Aimée, Nelly, Hortence, Maguy, Lundi, Kanieba, Parfaite, Kabongo, Bulu*, Cathy, Marie, Bernadette*, Lombo, Mami, Hélène, Angel, Françoise
*not pictured



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