A loan of $4,400 helped a member to diversify her business by buying 50 packages of hair tufts to resell at profit.

Evolution Plus Group's story

Lyly, on the right, is the chairwoman of the community bank named “Evolution Plus” which consists of 24 micro-entrepreneurs united in solidarity to obtain loans from Kiva through the MFI HOPE DRC with the goal of developing their businesses.

Lyly operates a general store in the western area of Kinshasa. She has been in business since 2001. She makes about $15 profit each day. She plans to use the next loan to diversify her business by buying fifty packages of hair tufts to resell at profit in order to increase her income. She dreams someday to open a food store in her environment. Lyly is 42 years old, married and the mother of three children aged between 7 and 11. All of them attend school. Lyly likes selling because it gives her the opportunity to make contact with many different people, and once they become permanent clients she is able to offer them quality products at a better price.

In this group: Lyly, Chantal, Dieudonné, Marie, Séraphine, Charlotte, Espérance, Thérèse, Hortence, Adéline, Marie, Françoise, Etienne*, Antho, Honorine, Gisèle, Valérie, Aléxis, Jacques, Mimie, Kamanyi, Yollande, Jacquie, Kahenga
*not pictured

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