Georgette was born in 1957 in Ouidah, a coastal town in Benin. For the past 25 years she has lived in Cotonou, Benin's largest city. She is married and has six children, all of whom are educated and two of whom are still dependent on their parents.
For the past 15 years, Georgette has run a stall from her home, where she sells various condiments and spices. She sources these from Tokpa, Benin's largest market situated in the heart of Cotonou.
This is her third loan from Alidé following successful repayments in the past. It will enable Georgette to purchase additional stock, with the hope of strengthening her sales and growing her business.
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.