A loan of $2,875 helped a member to purchase packaging materials that are needed in the area.

Lokumu Group's story

Jeanine is 39 years old and the mother of 2 children, aged 21 and 23, who are in school. Jeanine operates a general boutique in Mbinza, the western part of Kinshasa. She sells sugar, rice, milk, soaps, beauty cream, salt, toilet papers, candles, matches, and so on. She has been in business since 2000, and her beginning capital was $200. With determination, good management, and the profit generated from her business, the working capital increased to $500 in 2002.

When the landlord decided to sell the place where Jeanine used to rent, she had to move her business somewhere else, but the business did not make enough profit as it did at the previous location. In 2007, with $600 as working capital, Jeanine decided to change the business. She started selling bananas. She liked that business because it was making $110 of profit per week. She opened a banana store, buying them in Lower Congo province and selling them in Kinshasa. Although the business was profitable, Jeanine’s health was deteriorating due to painful and hard work which caused her to fall sick often. She began suffering from backache and other medical problems. As she had already acquired solid experience in her general boutique, she and her family decided to change the business by re-launching it in January 2008, in a different business area. In September 2008, Jeanine joined one of Hope’s groups called “Lokumu”. With the loan she received from Hope, she bought packaging materials that are needed in the area. Her business makes $210 of profit per month. Currently, her working capital is $1100.

In this group: Jeanine, Julbert, Germaine, Nélie, Julienne, Josée, Sandra, Nyande, Souzi, Tangu, Bukaka, Ekila, Julienne, Léonie, Béatrice, Pierrette, Dénis, Victorine, Joséphine, Jeeph, Trinité, Fifi, Ntantu, Brigitte, Guylaine, Amba , Tshilema, Nelly, Maguy, Koko, Doudou, Tsasa, Patience, Falonie

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