A loan of $275 helped to buy five 100-kg sacks of corn and two sacks each of cassava and yam chips.

Pierrette's story

A. Pierrette, age 38, was born in Ekpè in the community of SEME-KPODJI and is married to KISITO AHOUANSOU. For eight years, Pierrette has been living with her family in Xwlacodji Kpodji, a shantytown of the city of Cotonou, the economic capital of the Republic of Benin. She is the mother of three children, one of whom died; the other two are ages 7 and 5, and they are both in elementary school.

For five years, Pierrette has been a trained seamstress. In addition, she sells staple foods in her workshop. Her supplies of staple foods come from Dantokpa, the grand international marketplace of Benin. She has already had seven loans with Alidé and has repaid them. She was able to use them to raise her business to a higher level. To respond better and better to customer needs, she's requesting an 8th loan from Alidé in order to increase her volume of staple goods.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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