A loan of $4,175 helped a member to purchase another sack of wheat flour and rent a location for her business.


Totosa Group's story

Astride M. is 38 years old and a mother of four children. She began her business in 1998 selling doughnuts and spices. Her business prospered until 2006 when a car accidentally drove over her stand and destroyed all of her goods. Astride used to sell on a stand along the main road in her popular area of Eastern Kinshasa. Having no financial resources to restart her business, Astride was out of business for two years.


She resumed the business in February 2008 and joined Totosa, one of Hope’s groups last May. With the coming loan, Astride is planning to purchase another sack of wheat flour and to rent a location for her business in a place where she can avoid another car accident, heavy rains and the strong sun. She is also planning to diversify her business by adding an outdoor section to sell beverages.

In this group: Astride, Jeannette, Jeanne, Catho, Louise, Jacquie*, Odette, Therese, Julie, Astride, Clementine, Marie, Kiala*, Brigitte, Clemence, Mamie, Mado, Maguy, Virginie, Marie Claire, Marie Josee, Felicite, Jeanne, Mayemba, Sidonie, Mamie, Nadine, Jeannette, Mathy, Jeannine, Kwenge, Marie Sylvie, Alice, Rosette, Phelix, Kinsama, Felicienne, Bibiche, Sandra, Thethe, Elisee, Celine, Helene, Aimee, Nelly
*not pictured



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