A loan of $1,050 helped to buy flour, oil, rice, corn and milk.

Marie-Jeanne's story

This borrower is a 48-year-old married woman and mother of three children aged between 14 and 20 years old. She started selling beignets, corn porridge and rice pudding nearly 20 years ago to support her family. She has received several previous loans, which were a great help in expanding her activity, increasing her capital and boosting her revenue. Her daily sales average 50,000 to 75,000 francs and she has made substantial savings.

She is seeking a new loan to purchase five 50 kg bags of flour, five 25-liter jugs of oil, 50 kg of rice, 25 kg of corn porridge, and 50 kg of milk. Because she runs her business near a primary school, her strategy is to start frying her beignets early every morning so that the schoolchildren may stop by to get their breakfast. Later in the day, she makes choux pastries and cakes to sell around the neighborhood.

She improved the quality of her services and saw her family’s living conditions take a turn for the better. She can now afford her children’s tuition in private institutions.

Her goal for the future is to continue to save and become a flour wholesaler in Congo.

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