Victorine Z. was born in 1978 in Abomey Calavie, in southern Benin. She is married to Marcellin Dossa, a tailor, and she is the mother of four children. For ten years, she has been living with her family in PK10, a neighborhood in the community of Sèmè-Podji, not far from Cotonou.
Victorine works in food sales. She sells rice and beans near the Cotonou to Porto-Novo autoroute. Her daily sales average around thirty thousand West African Francs, which is about sixty dollars. Victorine would like to buy ten sacs of rice, a sac of beans, and other goods. She likes to buy in bulk because it is cheaper and more efficient. With the help of a loan, Victorine hopes to increase her sales.
Alidé is a Beninese NGO that works to reduce poverty by offering sustainable access to productive loans like this one in addition to savings, training sessions, and social work to low-income families.
Supporters of this loan should be aware that there is some risk of being repaid late. Because the Beninois Ministry of Finance has imposed restrictions on the amount of money Alidé can send to Kiva, the organization can only send monthly repayments in installments smaller than $13,000. This means that some Kiva lenders may receive their repayments late. However, Alidé remains a healthy institution in good standing with its creditors, and Kiva would like to continue working to support its clients. For more information, please refer to Alidé's partner profile page.