A loan of $3,275 helped a member to purchase medicines in order to add new products to his pharmacy.

Main De L'eternel Group's story

Albert D. operates a roadside pharmacy and boutique. He is forty years old, a father of three children between the ages of 5 and 10, who all go to school. He has been in his business since 2000. He began with a capital of US$ 50 which allowed him to start a kiosk of soaps, biscuits, canned goods, matches, candles, etc.

From 2000 to 2002, with hard work, good management, and a profit of around US$ 10 per day, Albert’s business prospered and he increased his working capital to US$ 1000. He bought a plot of land in a good area for his business and he decided to stay there with his family and make his business permanent there. From the profit gained over time, he extended his business by adding clothing and children’s shirts, some of which he sent to the Kasai province in DRCongo for sale.

From 2004 to January 2008, Albert stabilized his business until he joined one of Hope’s groups called “La Main de Dieu” which means “God’s Hand” in English. Today, his business makes US$ 30 per day. Currently, his working capital is US$ 700. He has training as a nurse, and his dream is to open clinic in his area. The group consists of 27 members. He lives and sells in Masina, the most populated area of Kinshasa, located in the northern area of the city.

In this group: Odette, Monique, Jonas, Albert, Macky, Jacquis, Régine, Marie, Rose, Brigitte, Hélène, George, Souza, Tshamala, Nsona*, Mazita, Godefroid, Marie, Kiongo, Losokola, Christine, Poshi, Martine, Hélène, Alice, Mama, David

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