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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.
A. Julienne est née à Cotonou, Capitale Économique du Bénin. Julienne est mariée à DJOTCHOU Nounangnon un pêcheur de profession. Julienne est mère de six enfants mais seulement deux (2) sont encore à sa charge. Julienne n’est jamais allée à l’école. Julienne a été élevée par sa grand-mère paternelle pour qui elle vendait de la pâte de maïs et de poissons frits. La pâte de maïs localement appelée akassa, accompagnée de piment et de poissons frits est un repas consommé par beaucoup de béninois. Après son mariage, Julienne s'est mise à son propre compte dans la même activité que sa grand-mère. Julienne a déjà bénéficié de deux crédits à ALIDé pour le compte de son activité. Julienne demande un troisième prêt à ALIDé pour acheter et stocker de maïs pendant que c’est moins cher. Ainsi, Julienne pourra faire plus de bénéfices sur ses ventes.

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
  • 481.2
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $225 helped Julienne to buy 5 bags of maize and one box of fresh fish.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 5, 2009
May 17, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 15, 2009