A loan of $2,925 helped a member to increase the business inventory by buying more pagnes to meet her clients' demand and generate additional profits.


Bikamwa Plus Group's story

Bikamwa Plus is a group of 11 owners of small businesses chaired by André. The members are jointly liable for loans granted by Kiva through MFI HOPE RDC to grow their businesses.

André is determined to be a successful businessman. He sells pagnes (varying lengths of brightly colored African print cloth) at the market located in the west of Kinshasa. He became a micro-entrepreneur in 1999. André has already received six loans from HOPE DRC, a micro-finance institution, and has fully repaid them as well.

He intends to use the new loan to expand his inventory and diversify his business by adding the sales of vegetable oil. Currently he earns a profit of $50 a week. He will seek to make more profit by importing the products himself. His dream is to become a pagne wholesaler. André is 38 years old, married and a father of three children aged between 3 and 7 years old. One of them attends school.

In this group: André, Bapede, Naomie, Odile, Futi, Marceline, Pauline, Marie Louise, Kapinga, Thethe, Suzanne



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