A loan of $800 helped to increase the quantity of small fish she sells.


Mariane's story

Mariane is 39 years old, married and the mother of eight children. The eldest is 21 and the youngest six. All her children are in school, and she has no one else to look after. She was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and completed six years of primary school.

Mariane will use her loan to increase the quantity of small fish she sells and pay for additional expenses such as transport, communications, etc.

As far as Mariane can see, the only problems that would present repayment difficulties are theft, accident or a government decision concerning customs protection.

Mariane's strategies for business growth are: providing a warm welcome for customers, promoting her business and expanding her market into the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Her aim is to become a large-scale food trader. She will continue to ensure the well-being of her family, improve their home and keep her children in school.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lucy Knight



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