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Tatiana Maslova

While she currently sells women’s clothing, Tatiana Maslova dreams of one day opening a workshop where she can tailor clothes as well. In pursuit of this dream, she has taken out several loans from HOPE Ukraine, which she is using to increase the profits from her clothing stall and save up for her workshop. In addition, Tatiana has used some of her profits to make renovations to her family’s home—improving living conditions for herself, her husband, and her two children—and to help care for her aging grandmother.

Despite holding a master’s degree in economics, Guy Roland Matongo was unable to find work in Brazzaville, Congo, to provide for the seven individuals in his household. His mother began a women’s clothing business several years ago, and when she became too ill to continue working, Guy took the reins of the business. With a loan from HOPE Congo, he was able to travel to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, to purchase a wider variety of clothing in varied sizes and styles. Since joining his community bank, Guy says that he has stopped drinking and has instead focused his energies on his business. He says he feels encouraged and now has hope for the future. As his current business continues to grow, he hopes to earn enough to open a hair salon for men.