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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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G. Irène est née le 18/08/1974 à Cotonou. Irène est célibataire et mère de trois (3) enfants tous scolarisés. Depuis plus de trois (3) ans que son mari la abandonnée par Irène à la charge de ses trois enfants. Irène réside à Aglangandan un quartier populaire de la Commune de Sème-Kpodji. Irène est couturière et confectionne des tenues pour dame et enfant. Irène vend également de tissus, de sacs de riz et des pâtes alimentaires. Irène a déjà eu deux crédits de ALIDé qu'elle a bien remboursés et avec lesquels elle a élevé le niveau de son activité. Pour mieux développer son activité afin de faire plus de profit, Irène sollicite de ALIDé un troisième crédit.

La signification de ALIDé en langue locale du Bénin, le Fon, est « un chemin existe toujours pour les plus pauvres ». Le Bénin est un petit pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest à coté du Nigeria où le PIB par habitant est à $1,500.

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About Alidé

Alidé is a Beninese NGO that works to reduce poverty by offering sustainable access to productive loans like this one in addition to savings, training sessions, and social work to low-income families.

Supporters of this loan should be aware that there is some risk of being repaid late. Because the Beninois Ministry of Finance has imposed restrictions on the amount of money Alidé can send to Kiva, the organization can only send monthly repayments in installments smaller than $13,000. This means that some Kiva lenders may receive their repayments late. However, Alidé remains a healthy institution in good standing with its creditors, and Kiva would like to continue working to support its clients. For more information, please refer to Alidé's partner profile page.

About Benin

  • $1,600
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Benin Loans Fundraising
  • $4,467,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 507.1
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $375 helped Irène to buy pasta, sacks of rice, cloth, and sewing supplies.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 13, 2009
May 1, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 15, 2010