A loan of $4,150 helped a member for purchasing dozens of prepaid cards and wigs to resell in order to increase her working capital.


Merci Plus Group's story

Elodie V. is the leader of a Community bank named “Merci Plus”, which is composed of 24 micro-entrepreneurs united in solidarity to receive loans from Kiva through IMF HOPE RDC with the goal of developing their businesses.

Elodie, 28 and married, runs a cellphone booth. She has been in business since 2001, selling eggs with a beginning capital of $70. With hard work and good management, she has been capable of diversifying her business by adding prepaid cellphone cards and wigs to resell in order to increase her working capital. She makes a profit of about $10 per day. Elodie’s ambition is to become a prepaid cellphone cards and wigs provider in her area. As she wants to develop her business, she decided to join one of Hope’s groups in June 2009. She is planning, with the next loan, to purchase dozens of prepaid cards and wigs. Elodie, with good strategies, has succeeded in building up permanent customers. She always talks to her customers, she knows them well by their names, and she never runs out of stock. Elodie has a six year old son who attends school.

In this group: Elodie, Junior, Nanu, Mansanga, Isambo, Elise, Mante, Florence, Leya, Béatrice, Monique, Louise, Kisita, Masiala, Julie*, Anna, Clémentine, Futi, Charlotte, Cécile, Musuamba, David, Véronique, Françoise
*not pictured



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