Ida is 33 years old, and lives in north-eastern DR Congo. The women in the area have suffered from decades of conflict, and Ida is no exception.
During a brutal attack where she was living, she was forced to flee. She walked or miles from her home leaving everything she had behind, before being brought to a refugee camp. There, she was given some help, but eventually she was left to beg. She didn't know whether she and her family would survive.
But her luck changed. She was given a $60 loan by CRC, with which she bought a goat, and set herself up selling cassava. In a short time, she had made enough money to pay back her loan. She was able to start a new life in a new village, safer from violence and no longer on the brink of survival.
Now, she has three goats and some land, and is working towards building a new house for herself and her family. The small $60 loan will ensure that she and her family can have a stable, prosperous future.
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