A loan of $1,575 helped a member to purchase two containers of palm oil.


Humilité Group's story

Mbenza sells fresh fish, manioc and corn flour. He has been in business since 1977. He started selling spare car parts in Matadi in Lower Congo which is about 350 km from Kinshasa. His first business was prosperous, but collapsed due to the currency devaluation that took place in 1981. He lost about $200 of his running capital. He then went to work for a company until 2005. He stopped working and relunched his own business. His business makes about $120 per week. Mbenza planned with the first loan from Hope to diversify his business by buying palm oil. He has two points of sale within his community in order to make more income. His dream is to open a large general boutique. Mbenza is 55 years old, married and a father of four children between the ages of 3 and 34. Of his children, one is already married, one is at secondary school, and two at primary school. Through his business, Mbenza has been able to support his family. He also likes it because it gives him the opportunity to make contacts with many different people, and once they become permanent clients he is able to offer them quality products at a better price. His plan is to open a storage depot.

In this group: Mbenza, Clémentine, Marie, Adele, Charlotte, José, Christine, Emery, Théthé, Patience, Christine, Sylvie, Annie, Jeanne, Marie, Chantal, Agnes, Chantal, Charlotte, Esther, Viviane, Gracia, Marie Louise, Wilder, Henriette, Françoise
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