Kiva Microloan: Respect Group in the DRC

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo is labelled as a conflict zone, mainly due to severe political instability and ongoing armed conflict. There are over 2.7 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country as people are continually driven from their homes. Roughly 10% of the country (about 6.5 million people)are suffering from acute food insecurity. The conflict is especially grave in the east.

The Respect Group is located in Goma, a city on the Eastern edge of the country. They work in an ironmonger shop and would use the money to buy sheet metal, cement, pipes, and other material for the shop. The owner of the shop, Jaenne, has seven children, two of whom are still in school. It is crucial that in such an unstable city that they increase their turnover and stay afloat so that they can continue to feed their families. They have already been funded 60%. The tools they build benefit farmers and merchants all over the city.

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