The Impact of your Support: Side by Side in DR Congo
Opportunity DRC launched its first branch in January 2011, and a second in May. Opportunity DRC finished 2011 serving 4,455 clients living in the capital city of Kinshasa in its first year of operation. In December, the staff had to cease lending due to the threat of political violence and macroeconomic challenges related to the presidential elections, but resumed normal operations in March 2012.
Businesses are growing and becoming profitable. Many clients have successfully repaid their first loan and areinvesting their second. All clients undergo extensive, targeted financial literacy and transformative holistic life-skills training. Looking ahead, Opportunity DRC plans to:
New Happenings: Opportunity DR Congo opens in Gambela market
In May 2011 Opportunity opened the doors in the Gambela marketplace area of Kinshasa with the launch of its second branch. Building refurbishment is complete, IT equipment and systems are configured and installed and communications are live. Other Gambela branch highlights include:
By the end of 2012, Opportunity expects to achieve the following in Gambela:
As we reach the one-year milestone of making a difference in the DR Congo, we celebrate the lasting change that has been created. Entrepreneurs have been empowered to reach their potential, and you have helped provide the tools they need to succeed.
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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
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