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A loan of $375 helped to buy pasta, sacks of rice, cloth, and sewing supplies.


Irène's story

G. Irène was born on August 18, 1974 in Cotonou. She is unmarried and the mother of three children, all schooled. For over three years since her husband abandoned her, she has had to support her three children. Irène resides in Aglangandan, a working-class district of the town of Sème-Kpodji. She is a seamstress and makes clothing for women and children. She also sells fabrics, sacks of rice, and pasta. She has had two Alidé loans that she repaid. She used those loans to elevate her level of business. To develop her business better in order to make more profit, she’s requesting a third 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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