A loan of $3,575 helped a member to increase his stock by buying sacks of fertilizer and seeds for resale.

Salem Plus Group's story

Paulin, aged 47 and married, is the chairman of the Community Bank named “Salem Plus” which consists of 12 members united in solidarity to receive loans from Kiva through IMF HOPE RDC with the goal of developing their businesses.
Paulin sells fertilizer and seeds to the west of Kinshasa. He started his business in 1993. Paulin is happy right now as, with the loan, he will be able to buy fertilizer and seeds, have a greater range of stock and be able to meet customer demand. Paulin makes a profit of US$100 per week. With the money he earns, he hopes to provide financial support for his family. His dream is to, someday, own a farm. Paulin has six children aged between 2 and 35. Three of them go to school. He also takes care of his two nephews.

In this group: Paulin, Aimé, Badra, Rebecca, Ruth, Marie Claire, Charles, Sophie, Anny, Ngalula, Esako, Raymond
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