A loan of $750 helped to buy a barrel of lubricating oil and a bundle of shoes.

Blandine's story

Blandine D. was born on the 11th June 1968 in the Ouémé Department in South Benin. Blandine is married to Emmanuel Akplogan who is a merchant. Blandine is mother to five children, four of whom are of school age. Blandine sells lubricating oil and shoes on the side of the road to Porto-Novo, the administrative and political capital of the Republic of Benin. Blandine has already received three loans from Alidé, loans which she has repaid and as a result of which she has been able to take her business up a level. Having received an order for lubricating oil and shoes that she is unable to afford, Blandine is requesting a fourth loan from Alidé so that she can.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lara Francis

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