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Célestine
Born in 1953 in Avrankou, in the department of Ouémé, Célestine M. has lived in Fidjrossè Kpota in Cotonou, the economic capital of Bénin, for about 31 years. Célestine is married to Innocent Asse and is the mother of five children who have all been educated. Only one, however, is in her care. Célestine lives with her husband in Fidjrossè Kpota. She did not attend school. To meet her responsibilities, Célestine sells smoked fish and shrimp from her home. Célestine also prepares and sells akassa (a porridge made from cornmeal, a local staple). She gets her supplies at Dantokpa, the international market in Bénin. She has done this kind of work for 30 years and has already received three loans through ALIDé. Célestine repaid all three loans. Her clients are growing in number by the day and she is no longer able to meet their demands. Célestine is requesting a fourth loan in order to build up her business and better meet the demands of her clients.
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Née en 1953 à Avrankou dans le département de l'Ouémé, M. Célestine vit depuis 31 ans environs à Fidjrossè Kpota à Cotonou, capitale économique du Bénin. Célestine est mariée à ASSE Innocent et est mère de cinq enfants qui sont tous scolarisés. Mais un seul des enfants est à sa charge. Célestine vit ensemble avec son mari à Fidjrossè Kpota. Célestine n'a pas été à l'école. Pour faire face à ses charges, Célestine mène comme activité la vente de poissons et de crevettes fumés à son domicile. Célestine prépare et vend également de l'akassa (aliment local fait à base de maïs). C'est à Dantokpa, marché international du Bénin que Célestine s'approvisionne. Célestine exerce cette activité depuis trente ans et a déjà obtenu trois crédits auprès de ALIDé. Célestine a bien remboursé les trois crédits. La clientèle de Célestine s'accroît au jour le jour et elle n'arrive plus à faire face à toutes leurs demandes. Célestine sollicite pour ce faire, un quatrième prêt en vue de renforcer son activité et de mieux répondre aux exigences de sa clientèle.

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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.

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  • $1,500
    Average annual income
  • 0
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  • $4,467,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 484.0
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $725 helped Célestine to purchase fresh fish and sacks of corn for the preparation of akassa.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Disbursed:
Apr 13, 2010
Listed
Mar 25, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Apr 16, 2011