A loan of $375 helped to buy sacks of corn, cassava flour, beans, millet, sorhgum and rice.

Julienne's story

T. Julienne was born around 1979 in Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. She is married to OWOLABI Luc and is the mother of two children: the eldest is in 2nd grade, and the second one is not yet old enough to go to school. Julienne sells grain and other foodstuff: corn, sorghum, millet, beans, rice, and cassava flour. There in front of her house, she displays her merchandise. Basically, the people of her district are her customers. She manages to have good product turnover, but she is now in need of funds for responding better to the demands of her customers. This is why Julienne is 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.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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