A loan of $3,400 helped a member buy print cloth to resell.

Bikamwa Plus Group's story

“Bikamwa Plus” is a group of 11 owners of small businesses, chaired by André. Its members are jointly liable for loans granted by Kiva to grow their businesses.

André is determined to be a successful businessman. He sells pagnes (lengths of brightly colored African print cloth) at a market located in the mid-eastern area of Kinshasa. He became a microentrepreneur in 1997. André previously received seven loans from Microfinance Institution HOPE DRC and has fully repaid them. He intends to use this loan to expand his inventory. He will buy pagnes in bulk and resell them at a profit. Currently he earns a profit of $50 a week. He will seek to make more profit by importing his products himself.

André is 38 years old, married and is the father of three children, aged 2 to 7 -- one of them attends school. His ambition is to someday open a clothing shop.

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