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Celestin D., 39, is a farmer, married and the father of four children, of whom one is enrolled in school. He lives in the district of Houedome, one of four enclaves that make up the township of Dangbo, more precisely, in the village of Ahovilekome.

He works his field after the river waters recede. His primary activity is growing maize (corn), niébé (cowpeas), vegetables, okra, and tomatoes. In general the population works growing market gardens after the river waters recede and during the rainy season.

The local practice of selling off crops before the harvest does not provide them with security, on the contrary, it bankrupts them. This practice involves selling the future harvest at rock-bottom prices to an affluent person to get hold of the money required for farming. Tired of this practice, he has asked for a loan of 190,000 FCFA to farm about 1.5 hectares of the aforementioned crops.

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Agé de 39 ans, D. CELESTIN est un producteur agricole, marié et père de 4 enfants dont 1 scolarisé. Il réside dans l’arrondissement de HOUEDOME, un des 4 arrondissements enclavés que compte la commune de DANGBO et précisément dans le village AGONGUÊ. Il travaille son champ après le retrait de la crue. Son activité principale est la culture du maïs, du niébé, des légumes, du gombo, de la tomate. En générale, la population s’adonne à la production vivrière après la décrue et pendant la saison pluvieuse. La pratique dans le milieu qui consiste au bradage des récoltes ne les sécurise pas et les runes d’avantage. Cette pratique est la vente à un prix dérisoire de la récolte future a un nantis pour disposer de la somme nécessaire aux travaux champêtres. Fatigués de cette pratique il sollicite un prêt de 190 000 FCFA pour l’exploitation d’environ 1,5hectares des spéculations susse indiquées.

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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.

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  • $1,600
    Average annual income
  • 0
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  • $4,467,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 516.0
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $375 helped Celestin cultivating 1.5 hectares in corn (maize) and hot peppers.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 22, 2008
Dec 14, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 15, 2009