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Friday, March 16, 2012

We help a group of people in the Congo grow their businesses

Our 26th KIVA loan is to a group of people in The Democratic Republic of the Congo. Here's what the application said about one of the applicants in this group - a woman called Bijoux.

Bijoux sells sacks of cement and beverages in detail. She has been in business since 1983. She has a solid experience in her business and it has prospered thanks to good management and accumulated profits. She is a loyal client of IMF HOPE RDC who has already received fourteen different loans and has repaid them correctly. She intends with the next loan to increase the inventory of her business by purchasing more sacks of cement and beverages to resell in order to generate additional profits. Currently, she earns a profit of US $150 every week. 

Bijoux is 47 years old, a widow and the mother of six children between 16 and 31 years old. Two of them go to school. Her dream is to become a wholesaler.

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His career, and if we used the term any more loosely an e might fall out, has included a gardener, a personal lender, a console operator, a stop/go man (not as big a bludge as you might think but great if you’re into sunburn, abuse and varicose veins), a cleaner of banks and pubs and, for a very brief period, a door to door salesman (until the last door he knocked on was answered by a very scary woman with tremendously hairy legs).


Bruce Devereaux currently works as a forty-five-year-old award winning customer service officer (glass statuette available upon request) for the Bank of Queensland and as a very casual employee for Corrective Services. He likes to believe he excels at both but then he has always been prone to exaggeration.


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