A loan of $1,000 helped to pay for plastic items, such as chairs, buckets, plates, bookcases, and racks.


Patricia Henriette's story

Patricia, age 52, is married with four children. She has one child still in school and the rest are now adults. She also provides for her granddaughter. Patricia sells plastic items such as chairs, buckets, plates, and bookcases in a local market in Brazzaville. She has had this business for the past year and it continues to grow with the help of the loans.

She has received two previous loans from Kiva's partner, HOPE Congo, and has repaid them on time and in full. Her business strategy is to display a large variety of items on her tables to attract customers. She finds that more customers visit her booth when she offers a large selection of products but in order to do so she must have the capital. She utilizes the loans to buy merchandise for her business. Patricia hopes to continue to expand her business and to one day send her granddaughter to study abroad. She wishes for her family to live in good conditions and feels the loans are empowering her to reach this dream.



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