A loan of $325 helped to buy a 50-kg sack of sugar, 50 kilos of cassava flour, three boxes of cookies, and some boxes of candy.

Aïchatou's story

A. Aïchatou was born on May 17, 1984 in Porto-Novo in Ouémé county, in southern Benin. She is married to MIWkounou Frédéric, a merchant, and is the mother of two children. She and her husband, as well as their children, live in the home of her parents-in-law. Various goods, such as candies, cookies, canned foods (milk, sardine, tomatoes), sugar, pasta, soaps for the laundry, dishes, and bath, batteries, candles, etc., are what Aïchatou sells in the entryway of her in-laws, there in Agblangandan, a district of Cotonou. She has already benefited from three loans from Alidé and has always repaid them without any difficulties at all. To bolster her business and to satisfy her customers more, she is requesting a fourth loan from Alidé.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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