A loan of $475 helped a member to purchase bags of rice and corn.


Gbigbodote Group's story

The Gbigbodote group is a group of three people from the same family, living together in the same neighborhood in Benin. The group’s representative, Sidonie, is the one raising her hand in the photo. This is the third time the group has come to Alidé to request financial support to improve their business. Sidonie is 38 years old and married to a man named Dossou. The couple has four children, all attending school and living with them. Sidonie and her husband work together to provide for their family’s expenses. Sidonie only attended school for a short time. For about 15 years, in order to meet her needs and help her husband provide for the family, she has been working selling meals. She actually makes food (rice and cornmeal) and sells it out of her home. Sidonie buys her supplies in Benin. Demand from her customers is growing, and with her limited resources, Sidonie is no longer able to meet that demand. Because of this demand and her limited resources, she and the other members of the Gbigbodote group are together requesting a loan from Alidé.

In this group: D. Sidonie, A. Geneviève, Fernande Laurence

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Chelsea Rosendale



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