A loan of $6,200 helped a member to purchase a small shop for her cold drinks and diverse goods business.


Shamma 2 (1) Group's story

Simone is a single mother of four living and working in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo. Since being separated from her husband several years ago, Simone has been working to provide for her four children, two of whom are still in school. In addition to Simone’s four children, Simone’s two younger sisters, a younger brother and two orphans live with her. For years, Simone has thus been running a small businesses selling diverse items from food to small containers, and decided to join a small group of 17 other micro-entrepreneurs with HOPE Congo.

Since joining HOPE Congo in 2011, Simone is now on her fifth loan cycle and heads up a subgroup of seven within the community bank group SHAMMA 2 (1). Simone is eager to keep growing her business activities, and has since expanded to have a small drinks business out of her home and a used clothing business. She would like to use her loan of 400,000 CFA to purchase a small shop where she can combine her cold drinks business with her other diverse goods business.

Simone dreams of one day being able to buy a piece of land and build her own home there. As a mother, Simone also hopes that all of her children will be able to grow and succeed in the future after finishing school.

In this group: Simone, Keva, Nathalie, Arnaud, Esperance, Elodie, Davy, Bernadette
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