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Aïtchatou was born around 1950 in Pobè in Ouémé county, in southern Benin. She never went to school. From a young age, she helped her mother with selling staple goods. After her marriage, Aïtchatou started off on her own, though with selling sundry items: candies, cookies, canned foods (milk, sardine, tomatoes), sugar, pasta, soaps for the laundry, dishes, and bath, batteries, candles, etc. She lives in Cotonou, the economic capital of the Republic of Benin and is on her fifth loan with ALIDé. She is requesting this loan to increase the volume of her business, which has been experiencing a problem with stagnation for quite awhile.
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Aïtchatou est née vers 1950 à Pobè dans le Département de l'Ouémé, au Sud du Bénin. Aïtchatou n’est jamais allée à l’école. Dès son jeune âge, Aïtchatou aida sa mère dans la vente des produits vivriers. Après son mariage, Aïtchatou s'est mise à son propre compte, mais pour vendre des divers (Bonbons, biscuits, boîtes de lait, de sardines, de tomates, de sucres, les pâtes alimentaires, les savons de lessive, de vaisselle et de toilette, piles, bougies, etc.). Aïtchatou vit à Cotonou, Capitale Economique de la République du Bénin et est à son cinquième crédit avec ALIDé. Aïtchatou sollicite ce crédit-ci pour augmenter le volume de son activité qui connait depuis quelque temps un problème de stagnation.

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About Alidé

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.

About Benin

  • $1,600
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Benin Loans Fundraising
  • $4,467,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 464.0
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $250 helped Aïtchatou to buy canned milk, sardines, and tomatoes; sugar, soaps, and school supplies.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 2, 2009
Aug 12, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 15, 2010