A loan of $650 helped purchase of 4 bales of used clothing.

Marie's story

T. Marie was born on October 2, 1970 in Cotonou, economic capital of Bénin. Marie comes from the township of Abomey-Calavi. She is married to Honvou Siméon, who is an employee of the US Embassy in Bénin.

Marie is the mother of 3 children: Loïc, Antoine and Denise, all enrolled in school. Marie lives in Hêvié, a settlement situated some kilometers from Cotonou. She did studies in printing and computer sciences and was a secretary for 8 years in a transit company.

Today, Marie sells used clothing and all sorts of other bargain items from the West (clothing, shoes, electric appliances, etc.) in a little shop in the family home of her husband in the Agontinkon neighborhood in Cotonou. Marie is requesting her first loan from ALIDé to expand her business so as to satisfy the needs of her clientele.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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