A loan of $2,300 helped a member to reinforce her working capital.

Isaac Group's story

Céléstine has been selling second-hand clothing since 1984. She started her business with US$ 25, selling one bundle of clothes. Over the years, her business prospered through determination and hard work, and she has been able to build a loyal customer base that has stabilized her business.

With good management and savings, Céléstine has been able to increase her working capital from US$ 25 to US$ 750 today. She started with one bundle of second-hand clothing and is up to ten bundles today. Céléstine sells at Gambela market in the central area of Kinshasa, and her business makes US$ 10 per day per bundle. Céléstine is confident in her business and she is determined to someday be a second-hand clothing importer and provider for market women in DRC in general and Kinshasa in particular.

Céléstine is 41 years old, married, and has six children between the ages 8 and 21. She also takes care of a 5-year-old girl. All of the children in her household go to school. Céléstine likes her business because it has stabilized her financially. She could not imagine receiving a loan from an organization without any collateral, so she was happy to join one of Hope’s groups called “Isaac” in August 2008. Being a member of this group is empowering for her.

In this group: Lavina, Jacque, Kabaka, Ngoy, Mambueni, Adolphe, Nelly, Jacquie, Shambuyi, Ntumba , Céléstine, Annie, Mamie, Mamie, Andy, Esther, Elodie, Dimbi, Bayekola, Ngolo, Elodie, Makaya, Noel, Kungi, Carmel, Mimi, Adele, Nadine

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