A loan of $775 helped to buy cans of tomatoes, sugar, food pastes, toilet paper, body creams and lotions, toothpaste, oil stove wicks, yarn for weaving, and bags of rice, beans and manioc flour.


Firmine's story

Firmine was born on 10 October 1980 in Dangbo, in southern Benin. Firmine is married to Amigo François, a refrigeration technician. Firmine and François have four children in their care, all of whom are in school. Firmine and her family have lived in Cotonou, the economic capital of the Republic of Benin, for fifteen years. Firmine provides for her family together with her husband. Firmine never went to school. Firmine has been selling various products (cartons of milk, sardines, tomatoes, sugar, food pastes, soap, batteries, candles, tea products, butter, toilet paper, mayonnaise, insecticides, body creams and lotions, hair products, toothpaste, 5-kg bags of rice, cereals, etc.) at home for seven years. And it is at Dantokpa, the grand international market in Benin, that Firmine buys these items. Firmine is seeking her fifth loan through ALIDÉ (one of Kiva's field partners), and she is a good client who repays her loans well. Her previous loans through ALIDÉ have allowed Firmine to improve the level of her business as well as her life and that of her family. Firmine is seeking this loan to strengthen her business and better satisfy her customers.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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