A loan of $3,600 helped a member to buy prepaid phone cards.


Bikamwa Plus Group's story

Serge is the leader of a community bank named “Bikamwa Plus.” The group is composed of 15 small business entrepreneurs united in solidarity to receive loans from Kiva through IMF HOPE RDC with the goal of developing their individual businesses.

Serge is 29 and single. He takes care of his younger brother. Serge runs a cell phone booth and is a money changer. Since 2006, he has been operating his business in the western part of Kinshasa. Serge works hard and makes a weekly profit of about 60 USD. His ambition is to diversify his business by adding beverages and becoming a beverage provider in his area.

Serge decided to join one of HOPE’s groups in 2009 to expand his business. He will use his part of this loan to purchase dozens of prepaid phone cards to resell at profit. Serge has been successful by using good strategies to gain permanent customers.

In this group: Serge, Léontine, Kanny, Yvon, Elysée, Futi, Marceline, Pauline*, Marie-Louise, Ndata, Kapinga, Théthé*, Charlotte, Monique, Mani
*not pictured



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