A loan of $250 helped to buy a bale of used clothing, sacks of rabbit feed, bottles of rabbit medicine.

Albertine's story

M. Albertine was born on July 14, 1950 in Abomey in Zou County in central Benin. She has five children, all schooled, and is a seamstress by training; but she abandoned this trade twenty years ago in favor of the distribution-sales of various goods: cloth, kitchen utensils, etc. Currently, she works in animal production, notably raising rabbits. To develop her rabbit farm and to diversify her business with the sale of second-hand clothing, she's requesting a loan from ALIDÉ.

ALIDÉ means “there is always a path for the poorest” in Benin’s local language of Fon. Benin is a small West African country located next to Nigeria and has a per capita GDP of $1,500. ALIDÉ offers special loans to highly vulnerable people at an interest rate of 0%. It is part of a group that is soon launching a micro health insurance program for recipients of micro-loans.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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