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A loan of $7,325 helped a member to purchase water and juice in bulk, containers of oil and dried fish to sell at her stall.

Divinite (1) Group's story

Bernice is the mother of two children, ages seven and five years old, and she owns a small stand selling food, fruits and vegetables. Price fluctuations in the markets of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, where Bernice lives, are a common problem. Bernice hopes to combat these challenges by reinforcing her stock, purchasing water and juice in bulk, containers of oil and dried fish.

In order to do this, Bernice wants to take out a loan of 400,000 CFA ($800) from HOPE Congo. She is a member of the community bank group called DIVINITE (1) at HOPE Congo and helps lead a smaller group of 11 other micro-entrepreneurs.

In the future, Bernice hopes to move on from her small shop to sell food goods in bulk, open a butcher’s shop and even dreams of expanding to open a drink stand and perfume shop. Through improving and expanding her business, Bernice hopes to have enough money to buy her own piece of land on which to build her family a home and even purchase a car.

In this group: Bernice, Audrey Flora, Gustavine, Carderolle, Aude Carine, Rita, Georgine, Margueritte, Huberte , Rolande Emeline, Stephanie, Gisèle

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