A loan of $6,000 helped a member to purchase 4 bundles of second hand clothing to resell at profit.


Molende Plus Group's story

Sylvie is the chairwoman of the Community Bank named “Molende Plus.” It is composed of 11 members, who are united in solidarity to develop their businesses with the help of Kiva loans.

Sylvie has been in the small business world since 1993. She started her first business operating a restaurant. After some years, she decided to change industries due to profitability. Sylvie quickly stabilized her new second-hand clothing business through hard work, determination, good management, and savings. She started with one bundle of second-hand clothing and is up to ten bundles today. Sylvie sells at a market in Kinshasa, and her business makes $60 per week. Sylvie has already obtained and correctly repaid twenty loans from Microfinance Institution HOPE DRC. She will increase her stock of merchandise with her next loan by buying 4 bundles of second-hand clothing and reselling them at a profit.

Sylvie is confident with her business and is determined to someday be a second-hand clothing importer for markets in the DRC in general, especially in Kinshasa. She is 35 years old, married, and the mother of four children between the ages 3 and 14, three of whom attend school.

In this group: Sylvie, Ndona, Nsosolo, Albine, Jacquie, Bibiche, Annie, Marie, Tonton, Eric, Bakututala



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