Loventine now lives a prosperous and stable life.
Loventine is a 30-year-old woman from Bunia, a city in the Ituri Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has 5 children and was displaced (and subsequently widowed) in 2003 when her family became caught up in fighting between different militia groups.
However, thanks to Peace Directs Congolese partner - Centre Résolution Conflits (CRC); Loventine has since lifted herself out of extreme poverty, after having been given the finance, skills and confidence necessary to increase and stabilise her family's livelihood.
‘I found out about CRC three years ago when they came to train women on different themes. I was one of the first women trained.'
‘A widow’s life is always difficult. Before the help from CRC, I was selling doughnuts, and porridge for breakfast. This got me about 20,000 CF ($12) per week, but not enough to send my children to school or to buy the house that I rented. Sometimes I could not pay rent, so I worked for the owner to pay the debt.'
‘I received three loans of $100 from CRC. With the loans I improved my business and was able to open a small shop. Now I have doubled my income and make 40,000 CF ($25) per week. I can send all five of my children to school and feed my family. I have also started to buy my house in instalments, so I hope it will soon be mine ... my dream is to diversify and reach a point where I can have a big shop selling groceries wholesale.'