A loan of $725 helped to buy hardware products and a barrel of varnish.

Wassiatou's story

T. Wassiatou, age 33, traces her roots to Ouémé in southern Benin. She is married to OKPEICHA Ibrahim, who is also a seller of hardware like Wassiatou, who offers merchandise such as cans of strong adhesives, nails, hammers, and varnish at the Berlier crossroads in Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. She has had three loans with Alidé that she has repaid. With those loans, she was able to raise her business to the level at which it is today. Her funds prevents her from responding well to the demands of her customers. To boost her working capital and to buy other goods her customers demand, Wassiatou is requesting a fourth 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.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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