Zahoulou Alphonsine is 44 years old, a single mother, and lives with her 4 children in Yopugon, a township in the north of Abidjan. Alphonsine sells fruits and vegetables in the Yopougon open market. This business is the sole resource from which she provides for the household and education expenses of her family. She wants to purchase goods in bulk to benefit from lower prices and improve her margin. She has been a very good performer since she joined the AE&I microcredit program two years ago.