With starting capital of just $200, Deborah began her business in 2002 by selling soft drinks. Today, she operates a general boutique, selling her goods in the northeastern area of Kinshasa. She explains that her business prospered from 2002 through 2004, but that the business went bankrupt in 2005 due to theft. Nevertheless, in 2007, Deborah re-launched her business with five crates of soft drinks and purified water. By generating profits of approximately $5 per day, she increased her working capital to $100.
Currently, Deborah is happy to be a part of one of Hope’s groups. Indeed, she joined the group in October 2008, and she notes that her business has been reinforced and has improved through the loan she received. Her dream is to open a soft drink store. For the time being, she is seeking this loan in order to expand her inventory: she would like to purchase five additional crates of soft drinks.
About HOPE DRCHOPE International has been providing small business loans and savings services to thousands of entrepreneurs in DRC since 2004. HOPE DRC targets small business owners who can use loans to increase their inventories or invest in assets that have the potential to increase their incomes. Funds from Kiva lenders play a major role in expanding access to affordable, flexible capital for micro-entrepreneurs, 80% of whom are women.
This is a Group Loan
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