A loan of $3,750 helped a member to increase the inventory of her business by buying more lamp oil and reselling it at profit.


Gédéon Plus Group's story

“Gédéon Plus” is a Community Bank made up of 11 micro entrepreneurs whose chairwoman is Lola Y.. These members are united for the same goal: to grow their businesses with loans received from Kiva through IMF HOPE RDC.

Lola is 55 years old and single. She has been in business since 2002. She originally ran a restaurant. Today she sells lamp oil at her place located east of the city of Kinshasa. She likes her business because it allows her to become financially independent and has stabilized her family economically.

Lola has been a loyal client of IMF HOPE RDC, and has already received six different loans and has repaid them properly. She intends to use the next loan to increase the inventory of her business by purchasing more oil in bulk. She will resell it with the aim of increasing her profits. Each week, her business brings in a profit of $50. Lola has three children between 8 and 34 years old. Two of them attend school. Her ambition is to open an oil storage facility.

In this group: Lola, Jacky, Nzuzi, Béa, Ida, Nzeki, Mamie, Nancy, Viviane, Stéphanie, Marie-Claire



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