A mother of seven, Agnes struggled for years as the primary breadwinner for her family. Her husband Emmanuel cannot find stable employment, leaving Agnes to ensure their children have enough to eat. Before finding Opportunity DRC, Agnes earned $100 per week by selling vegetables from her farm in the busy Masina market in Kinshasa. For a family of nine, this means that each member lived on less than $1.60 per day. Knowing she could not adequately feed her children, let alone send them to school with her income, Agnes made the life-changing decision to join Opportunity DRC.
As a member of the Yunus Trust Group, Agnes is receiving training to learn how to manage her business and increase her profit through wise investing of her initial $150 loan. She is benefiting from the encouragement and support of the other members of her Trust Group and her loan officer. Through prompt loan repayments, Agnes secured a second loan of $250. Productivity at her farm and vegetable business has improved significantly. Her weekly income increased by 60%, and she now employs three members of her community to work on her farm and transport vegetables to her market shop. “This is the first time I have ever had banking services or a bank account. I receive training from my loan officer Esperance who supports us and shows the love of Christ to everyone in our group.”
With her increased income, Agnes now invests in her family’s nutrition by adding meat into their diet that consists mainly of the cassava based staple “fufu”. Agnes’s friends notice that she is more confident since partnering with Opportunity DRC, and she can see a change in both her situation and in herself. She draws confidence from now being able to provide for her family and to afford school fees for two of her children. She says, “I have an increased sense of hope for my children. I have grown to trust Opportunity and have learned too much to ever leave my new business partner.”