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Victoire Odountain was born 23 December 1967 in Ouidah, a historic city of Benin. Married to Charles Houliho, an electrician, Victoire is the mother of three children, all attending (or having attended) school. For the past ten years, she has been living with her family in Hêvié, in the Abomey Calvi municipality. The couple shares responsibility for family expenses.

Victoire has not attended school. To make ends meet, she sells various products from her home (canned tomatoes and sardines, milk, sugar, pasta, soap, matches, rice, etc.). As a side business, she also sells crockery. She gets her supplies from Tori and Dantokpa, Benin’s international marketplace.

Victoire has been running her business for four years, and has already been granted one loan from ALIDé, which she reimbursed in full. She wishes to increase her stock supply and expand her activity, which is why she requesting a second loan so that she can better respond to customer demand.

In the future, Victoire would like to open another point of sales at the Cococodji market, to become an additional source of income.
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O. Victoire est née le 23 Décembre 1967 à Ouidah, ville historique du Bénin. Mariée à HOUNLIHO Charles, un électricien, Victoire est mère de trois enfants, tous scolarisés. Victoire vit avec sa famille à Hêvié, dans la commune d'Abomey Calavi, depuis une dizaine d'année. Le couple assure ensemble les différentes charges de la famille. Victoire n'a pas fréquenté l'école. Pour faire face à ses différentes charges, Victoire vend divers produits (conserves de tomate et de sardine, lait, sucre, pâtes alimentaires, savons, allumettes, riz, etc.) à son domicile. De façon secondaire, Victoire vend des poteries. Victoire s'approvisionne à Tori et à Dantokpa, marché international du Bénin. Victoire exerce cette activité depuis quatre ans et a déjà obtenu un crédit auprès de ALIDé, crédit qu'elle a bien remboursé. Victoire désire augmenter le stock de ses produits et agrandir son activité ; raison pour laquelle Victoire sollicite un deuxième prêt en vue de mieux répondre à la demande de sa clientèle. Plus tard, Victoire désire ouvrir un autre point de vente au marché de Cococodji, en vue de se faire d'autres revenus.

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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
  • 504.7
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Victoire buy 10 cartons of sugar, 2 dozen boxes of milk, pasta, and crockery.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 12, 2010
Jul 30, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 15, 2011