I’m telling you, there’s a huge demand for HOPE Congo’s services in Brazzaville. Loveline, HOPE Congo’s loan officer supervisor, said to me “In Congo, loans are like manna from heaven. Our clients are so happy, so thankful, so excited to repay.”
Jacinta is HOPE Congo’s Operations Manager, and last week, she shared a story about people in her own neighborhood who are looking for a “hand up.” She was telling some of her new neighbors (she recently moved to Brazzaville from Cameroon) about her job. While sharing about herself personally, she mentioned that HOPE Congo had just disbursed business loans to small-scale entrepreneurs who live in neighborhoods just like theirs.
A few days later, at 7:30 am, Jacinta’s neighbors showed up at her doorstep with a neatly hand-written list of names, addresses, phone numbers, and business activities for 25 people who want to access to microfinance loans. “We can hold the loan trainings in your house, “he said excitedly. “We’ll each bring a chair, or we’ll buy more for you, and you can teach us how to use our loans.” She passed their info on to the loan officers’ growing waiting list.
The people of Brazzaville are ready for HOPE Congo to grow!