A loan of $4,325 helped a member to expand the business by opening another drugstore.

Tonnere Group's story

André B. operates a drugstore in Bumbu (an Eastern suburban area of Kinshasa). He is 61 years old, and a father of six children who are between the ages of 2 and 30. Three of them are already married, and two are students and live with him.

He began his business in 2004, after the company where he used to work closed due to political and economic instability. He started his business with a capital of $100. With hard work and good management, and by providing good customer service, Andre’s business has prospered and has permanent customers to keep it up. André’s wife is a nurse and has been helping him by promoting the business. As a nurse, she has been helping André make the best choices about purchasing appropriate drugs in the area. She works with him in developing the drugstore. They both like their business and they also like talking to their customers about their health. André has been in one of Hope’s loan groups since last July. He is planning to expand his business with the new loan, by opening another drugstore.

In this group: André, Christine, Marie Thérèse, Rose, Thérèse, Bilonda, Mama, Christine, Martine, Rose, Bernadette*, Merline, Marie, Laurence, Esther, Régine, Kajos*, Blandine, Roger, Joséphine, Philipine*, Honorine, Souzane, Marie Jeanne, Nadine, Michel, Théophile, Blaise, André, André, Zéphirin*, Luboya, Mwaku, Marie, Jeannette, Matete, Ambroisi, Mbembila, Masamba
*not pictured

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