A loan of $3,400 helped a member to bolster her business by buying a sack of charcoal, a sack of rice, a 25-liter drum of palm oil, and 25 liters of refined vegetable oil.

Miel Plus Group's story

Rose M. has a small general store. She also sells clothing for children, as well as items for women. She has been shown how to do business by her mother since 1993. Rose and her mother use to sell sacks of cassava from Mbuji-Mayi to Mweneditu in the province of Kasai Oriental in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After her marriage in 1995, Rose reinvigorated her business in 1997 with $150 in capital. From 2003 - 2006, she diversified by adding cassava flour, sweet potatoes, and onions, as well as tomatoes. She returned to Kinshasa in 2006 and opened a small shop, which she still has. Her dream is to go herself to procure merchandise abroad, so as to open a big house of mixed apparel. She currently has $450 in capital. Her business generates a profit of $200 per month. She is 33 years old, married, and the mother of six children, students, whose ages vary from 3 to 14 years. Two of her children live with their grandparents, and three live with Rose and her husband. Rose and her group have settled the loans they obtained last November.

In this group: Rose, Elisée, Bernadette, Mwadi, Edine, Tina, Flore, Marie, Claudine, Stéphane, Liwandi, Andeka, Tantine, Dondo, Pauline, Françoise, Masele, Béatrice, Chantal, Gaby, Tatiana, Sudila, Jusitine, Paul, Kinuani, Marceline, Marceline, Mamie, Kapinga, Mulanga, Kashila, Béa, Judith, Rose, Françoise

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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