A loan of $4,200 helped a member to increase working capital to buy additional goods.

Sérénité Group's story

Marie N. has been in business since 1982 and has been a faithful client with Hope DRCongo since June 2008. She sells soft drinks and loaves of bread.

Marie started her business with US$ 82 in capital, selling women’s clothing and jewelry. From 1982 to 1990, her working capital increased to US$ 140 which allowed her to open a general boutique in 1990. From 1990 to 1996, her business decreased considerably because of the political and economic instability of the country.

Marie decided to close the boutique and sold sacks of charcoal from 2001 to 2005. In 2005, she hired someone to manage her business, as she was taking care of her daughter who was very sick. After her daughter passed away, her goods and money were also robbed. She closed her business for two years. She re-launched it in 2006, purchasing and selling charcoal in sacks.

In 2008, she joined one of Hope’s groups named “Sérénité”. By increasing her inventory, Marie will be able to increase sales and generate additional profits that will allow her business to grow. She is 59 years old, married and the mother of seven children, aged between 23 and 38, of whom three are students in college and four are independent. Her business makes about US$ 13 per week. Her vision is to open a beverage store and a beauty shop.

In this group: Marie, Marie-Jeanne, Marcel, Aimé, Chantal, Robert, Mado, Mukangi, Chantal, Marie-Jeanne, Alphonse, Didier, Dada, Thérèse, Lady, Ngola, Ankemadje, Rodaine, Rose, Mulopo, Maurice, Bwassa, Muladika, Balakompandje, Kafuti, Mertince, Pélazi, Samuel, Rachel, Paul, Béatrice

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