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Born around 1956, Ms. Léontine B. is originally from Zangnanado, in the AGONLIN region in the middle of Bénin, in ZOU County. She is a widow and the mother of five children: Honorat, Jean, Josiane, Odette, and Angenor. Five years ago, she used to sell ready-to-eat meals in front of her house. This business was not entirely satisfactory to her. So, she decided to turn towards other work. This is how she got started selling roasted acajou nuts (from the mahogany tree), condiments of all sorts, boiled corn mash, and other items. To bolster her business level, in order to meet the needs of her customers, she is here to request this loan of 100,000 francs.

Translated from French by Dan Kuey, Kiva volunteer

Née vers les années 1956, dame B. Léontine est originaire de Zangnanado dans la région d'AGONLIN, au centre du Bénin dans le département du ZOU. Elle est veuve et mère de cinq enfants: Honorat, Jean, Josiane, Odette, et Angenor. Il y a 05 ans elle s'exerçait dans la vente de repas prêt à manger devant sa maison. Cette activité ne lui donnait pas entière satisfaction. Elle donc décidé de s'orienter vers d'autres activités. Ainsi, elle s'est lancée dans la vente de noix d'acajou grillées, de condiments de tous genres, de la pâte de maïs bouillie et autres articles. Pour renforcer le niveau de son activité afin de répondre aux besoins de sa clientèle, elle vient solliciter ce crédit de 100 000francs.

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About Alidé

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.

About Benin

  • $1,600
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Benin Loans Fundraising
  • $4,467,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 413.8
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $250 helped Léontine to buy 12 sacks of acajou nuts.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 7, 2008
Jul 24, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 15, 2009