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Denise
Denise T. was born in Binah prefecture in 1965. She was not sent to school because her parents saw no need to educate a girl. At a very young age, she used to accompany them in the fields. At age 8, she was sent to Lomé to serve as a domestic and babysitter. After morning chores, she handled her mistress’ business affairs, which was the basis of her work experience. She finds herself in Tsévié again going from house to house looking for work and saving money in order to learn a trade. Unfortunately, she became pregnant from a scrap metal merchant. That was how her life as a married woman began. Together, they have three children. As the second wife of her husband, she is basically left on her own. Using her savings, she has started selling soap, canned food, lollipops, and other items.



So, Ms. T. is requesting a loan of $750 to lease a shop and to stock up on a fair quantity of canned tomatoes, pastas, soaps... that is, all the basic necessities. She will then be able to augment her income to improve life for herself and for the children left in her care.

Translated from French by Daniel Kuey, Kiva Volunteer



Madame T. Denise est née en 1965 dans la préfecture de la Binah. Elle n’a pas été scolarisée car ses parents n’y voyaient pas l’importance de l’éducation d’une fille. Toute petite, elle les accompagnait au champ. A 8 ans, elle est envoyée à Lomé comme domestique et garde d’enfant. Après les travaux matinaux, elle tenait le petit commerce de la maîtresse de maison d’où son expérience dans le domaine. De maison en maison, elle se retrouve à Tsévié toujours pour chercher du travail, faire des économies pour apprendre un métier. Malheureusement, elle tomba enceinte d’un ferrailleur. Ainsi commence sa vie de femme mariée. Ensemble ils ont eu trois (03) enfants. Etant la seconde épouse, elle est plus ou moins laissée à sa propre charge. Avec ses économies, elle a commencé par vendre du savon, des boîtes de conserve, des sucettes et autres.



Madame T. Denise sollicite alors un crédit de $750 qui va lui permettre de loyer une boutique et s’approvisionner en quantité raisonnable de tomates en boîtes, spaghettis, savons, bref tous les produits de première nécessité. Elle pourra alors augmenter ses revenus pour améliorer ses conditions de vie et celles de ses enfants abandonnés à sa charge.

About Togo

  • $1,500
    Average annual income
  • 5
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  • $8,803,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $750 helped Denise to lease a shop and to stock everday necessities to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Disbursed:
Jan 19, 2007
Listed
Jan 4, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Jan 9, 2008