Ashish Gadnis carries a huge, blue Benedictine cross on his chest.
He received it from the monks on the day of his baptism in 2015 in Minnesota, having converted after seeing the faith of the Congolese people.
“I could see that their faith was their anchor, it was not their religion, but the faith in Christ and Mary that just love them unconditionally – and in spite of all the horrors they still believed in God,” he said.
He started his new venture – BanQu – after going with a Congolese woman to open a new account.
“I went to the bank agent with a woman farmer and the agent said – I can’t bank her, but I can bank you. He couldn’t bank her because she didn’t have an economic record,” he said.