A loan of $225 helped to buy canned foods, cosmetics, cloth, shampoo, etc.

Huguette's story

Q. Huguette was born on June 16, 1968 in Ouidah, in Atlantique County. She has attend school through the 8th grade. But she quit early due to a lack of financial support. She is married and the mother of four children, three of whom are in school. The fourth child is not yet school-age. After dropping out of school, Huguette joined her mother in selling cloth at the most remote marketplaces of Benin. And fifteen years ago, she got started on her own. Contrary to what her mother sells, Huguette sells various goods: candy, cookies, canned foods (milk, sardines, tomatoes), sugar, pasta, and soaps for the laundry, dishes, and bath, etc. To raise her level of business and to provide for herself better, she's requesting a loan.

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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