A loan of $225 helped to buy 5 bags of maize and one box of fresh fish.


Julienne's story

Julienne A. was born in Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. Julienne is married to Nounangnon Djotchou, a fisherman by profession. Julienne is the mother of six children, but only two of them are still in her care. Julienne never went to school. Julienne was raised by her paternal grandmother, for whom she sold maize paste and fried fish. Maize paste, locally known as "akassa", accompanied by spices and fried fish, is a meal consumed by many Beninese. After getting married, Julienne began working on her own in the same business as her grandmother. Julienne has already benefited from two loans through Alidé on behalf of her business. Julienne is seeking a third loan from Alidé to buy and stock maize while it is cheaper. This way, Julienne will be able to make a higher profit on her sales.

The meaning of Alidé in Fon, the local language of Benin is "there is always a way for the poorest." Benin is a small country in West Africa, next to Nigeria, where the GDP per capita is $1,500.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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