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Born in 1976, Diane A. is married to D. Clément Dansou, a mechanic. The couple has four children to care for, of whom one is their own child. All the children attend (or have attended) school. For the past 9 years Diane has been living with her family in the Ménontin borough of Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. The couple share responsibilities for the family expenses.

Having never been to school, Diane’s commercial activity is to sell food preparations (rice, beans, accompanied by fish- or meat-based sauces, etc.). As a side business, she also sells beverages. Diane gets her food supplies from Dantokpa, Benin’s international marketplace, and her beverages from depots in Cotonou. On the other hand, she sells her food preparations in the Fifadji area of Cotonou.

Diane has been running her business for four years and was already granted four loans, all repaid in full. Given the increasing demands from her customers, she is requesting another loan so that she can increase her daily production and generate higher turnover.
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Née en 1976, A. Diane est mariée à DANSOU D. Clément, un mécanicien. Le couple a quatre enfants à charge, dont un représente leur enfant. Tous les enfants sont scolarisés. Diane vit depuis neuf ans avec sa famille à Ménontin, un quartier de Cotonou capitale économique du Bénin. Le couple assure ensemble les différentes charges de la famille. N'ayant jamais été à l'école, Diane exerce comme activité la vente de nourriture (riz, haricot, accompagné de sauce aux poissons et viandes, etc.) et de façon secondaire, Diane vend des boissons. Diane achète ses produits vivriers à Dantokpa, marché international du Bénin et se ravitaille en boissons dans les dépôts de Cotonou. Par contre, Diane vend sa nourriture à Fifadji à Cotonou. Diane exerce cette activité depuis quatre ans et a déjà obtenu quatre prêts qui ont été bien remboursés. Face à la demande de plus en plus nombreuse de sa clientèle, Diane sollicite un autre prêt en vue d'augmenter sa production journalière et d'accroître son chiffre d'affaire.

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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 $400 helped Diane buy bags of rice and beans, sauce condiments and beverages.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 19, 2010
Jul 30, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 15, 2011