A loan of $400 helped purchase of body milks, toilet soaps, sacks of fruit and cocoyams.


Jeanne's story

G. Jeanne is 40 years old. She was born in Cana in the township of Abomey in the County of Zou. Jeanne is divorced and the mother of 3 daughters: Chantal, Sylvie, and Lydie, who are all still her responsibility. She lives with her children in Cotonou, economic capital of Benin, in the Missessin district.



For 15 years, Jeanne has been selling cosmetics, fruit, and cocoyams. For 3 years, Jeanne has been taking out loans at ALIDé and has always correctly reimbursed them. She is requesting another loan from ALIDé to use to develop her business further so that she can do better by her children.




The significance of ALIDé in the local language of Benin, Fon, is "there is always a pathway for the poorest of the poor". Benin is a small country in West Africa next door to Nigeria, where the average per capita income stands at US$ 1,500.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer



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