A loan of $3,775 helped a member to increase the inventory of her businesses by purchasing a second-hand clothing bundle as well as supplies for her sewing business.


Génèse Plus Group's story

Génèse Plus ("Génèse" means "Genesis" in English) is a community bank chaired by Isabelle. It is composed of 11 microentrepreneurs united in solidarity to receive loans from Kiva through MFI HOPE DRC with the goal of developing their businesses.

Génèse Plus is in Lubumbashi, which is a city located in Southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Lubumbashi was not spared the crisis and multiple wars that hit the DRC during the '90s decade. It is from the 2000s until today that the informal sector took off.

Isabelle is a dressmaker. She has been part of the microbusiness world since 2000. She started her business by selling palm oil and stopped it because of transportation difficulties. Today, she operates her sewing workshop downtown Lubumbashi. Besides sewing, she also sells second-hand clothing. She is a loyal client of IMF HOPE RDC, and she has already received eight loans and has repaid them correctly.

She intends with the next loan to increase the inventory of her businesses by purchasing a second-hand clothing bundle as well as supplies such as lining, fabric and zippers for her sewing business in order to increase her profit.

Currently, her businesses bring in a profit of US $105 every week. Isabelle is 52 years old, married and the mother of eight children. Four of them attend school. Her dream is to open a sewing item store in her environment. She is very happy to be MFI HOPE’s client.

In this group: Isabelle, Ngandu, Yvonne, Thérèse, Mwilambwe, Kabuya, Mukanya, Flavie, Betu, Etienne, Jean



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