A loan of $1,050 helped to buy a box of salted fish, a basket of smoked fish, one can of oil, one bag of rice, one box of canned milk, one large tin of coffee, one large tine of margarine, two bags of charcoal, and restaurant materials.

Marie Sthéphanie's story

This woman is 43 years old, married, and has 4 children. Having completed junior high school, she started a food preparation business in 2007.
She starts at 7AM with tea and coffee, and from 10AM onward goes to the restaurant where she prepares various dishes. Her restaurant is located in the open market and her customers comprise shoppers and merchants from the same market.
Her daily revenue varies from 40,000F to 60,000F.
She has been a client with Hope since the first loan cycle and she is currently with the pilot solidarity group. She was selected as a model client who has repaid her loans without defaulting.
With this new loan, she is going to strengthen her business by buying one basket of smoked fish, one box of salted fish, one bag of rice, one can of oil, one bag of onions, one box of canned milk, one large tin of margarine, one large tin of coffee, two boxes of spaghetti, 12 bags of charcoal, and utensils such as plates, cups, saucers, three dozen teaspoons, five dozen tablespoons, five dozen forks, and two kitchen knives.
She has been saving to obtain a more significant loan that will allow her to realize her dreams, which are to open another more modern restaurant and to help her children as much as possible in finishing their studies.
People's general opinion of her is that she is a good woman who does her part in providing for her household.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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