NEWS FROM THE CONGO

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In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), women are at the center of everything-their families, their communities, and day-to-day life. They are the carriers of the culture. Yet women in the Congo rarely have economic power or influence. First Step Initiative's Women Rising! Program uses grants to help these women achieve their dreams.

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SUCCESS  STORIES

Stephanie is almost 50 years old and has eight children—five of whom are currently in school. Stephanie used her first loan from First Step Initiative to purchase food items to sell in the market. Soon Stephanie had raised enough money to pay back her loan. More...

Seraphine has big dreams. The 43-year-old mother hopes to see each of her nine children attend university. At around $50 per semester, a college education is something that most families in the DRC simply cannot afford. But with the profits from her small business, Seraphine is on her way to making this dream a reality. More...

Charlotte is a 52-year-old mother of eight who has started her own business selling second-hand clothes that she buys in town. Of her eight children, ages 7 to 20, four are currently in school and four have yet to go. More...

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