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Madame Massah E. is 41 years old, married and the mother of 5. In Ewe, the name Massah means she is the third girl of the family (if she had been the third son, she would be named Mensah). She and her large family live in the town of Adéta, located about 150 kilometers from Lome, the capital of Togo. To be able to feed, clothe and pay for school expenses of her children, Massah sells food along the road going to Adéta. She specializes in Akpan, a traditional and refreshing food made from cornmeal that one must wet and mix with ice and sugar. This is Massah's first loan and she awaits the opportunity to purchase more corn and sugar to continue to make iced Akpan. She would also like to purchase flour and bread with this loan so as to diversify her production and to attract more customers. This will allow her to respond to the needs of her family and to improve their quality of life.

Translated from French to English by Kiva Volunteer, Kristin Connor.

Madame Massah E. est agée de 41 ans, mariée de 5 enfants. En Ewe, le nom Massah indique qu’elle est la troisième fille de sa famille (si elle était le troisième fils, il s’appelerait Mensah) Elle et sa grande famille habitent dans la ville d’Adéta, une ville situé à environ 150 kilomètres de Lomè, la capitale du Togo. Pour provisionner la nourriture, les vêtements et les frais scolaires pour tous ses enfants, Massah prépare et vend la nourriture au bord d’une route occupé d’Adéta. Elle est spécialisée en Akpan Glacé, un repas traditionnel et rafraîchissant (voir la photo) de la farine du maïs qui devient molle et mélangée avec de la glace et du sucre. Ce crédit est la première pour Massah et elle attend l’opportunité d’acheter plus du maïs et du sucre pour la préparation d’Akpan Glacé. Aussi, elle désire avec ce crédit d’acheter du blé et du pain pour diversifier son produit et d’attirer plus de clients. Ce qui lui permettra de répondre aux besoins de sa famille et d’augmenter la qualité de leur vie.

Additional Information


FECECAV is a cooperative union registered in 1997. Its mission is to serve the financial needs of local people who have been excluded from the traditional financial system. It serves more than 50,000 members in the Plateau and Maritime regions of Togo. FECECAV is a not-for-profit organization.

About Togo

  • $1,500
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Togo Loans Fundraising
  • $8,887,850
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 416.3
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $975 helped Massah to purchase more corn and sugar to make iced Akpan.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 6, 2008
Apr 21, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 15, 2009