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Sica E. was born August 6, 1956 in Ouidah, a historic city in Benin. Sica is illiterate and has lived in Abomey Calavi in Southern Benin for the past 18 years. Married to Vincent Tomasse, a shopkeeper, Sica is the mother of three children who have all been educated. She and her husband are responsible for the family expenditures. Sica sells a variety of products; soaps, milk, sardines, sugar, sandals, condiments (tomatoes, onions, peppers, vegetables, spices, palm oil) as well as fish, from her home and at the market in Cococodji, in the South. Sica buys these products at Dantokpa, the main international market of Benin. She hopes to increase her sales volume, and it is for this reason that pushed her to apply for a loan through Kiva partner Alidé.
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E. Sica est née le 06 Août 1956 à Ouidah, ville historique du Bénin. Sica est analphabète et réside à Abomey Calavi au Sud du Bénin depuis 18 ans. Mariée à TOMASSE Vincent, un commerçant, Sica est mère de trois enfants qui sont tous scolarisés. Sica et son mari supportent les charges de la famille. Sica vend des divers (savons, lait, sardines, sucres, …), des sandales, des condiments de sauce (tomate fraîche, oignons, piments, légumes, épices, huile rouge de palme, etc.) et du poisson à son domicile et au marché de Cococodji, au Sud du Bénin. C’est à Dantokpa, grand marché international du Bénin que Sica achète ces différents produits. Sica ambitionne agrandir le volume de son activité. C’est cette raison qui l’a poussée à se rapprocher de ALIDé pour obtenir de financement.

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About Alidé

Alidé is a Beninese NGO that works to reduce poverty by offering sustainable access to productive loans like this one in addition to savings, training sessions, and social work to low-income families.

Supporters of this loan should be aware that there is some risk of being repaid late. Because the Beninois Ministry of Finance has imposed restrictions on the amount of money Alidé can send to Kiva, the organization can only send monthly repayments in installments smaller than $13,000. This means that some Kiva lenders may receive their repayments late. However, Alidé remains a healthy institution in good standing with its creditors, and Kiva would like to continue working to support its clients. For more information, please refer to Alidé's partner profile page.

About Benin

  • $1,600
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Benin Loans Fundraising
  • $4,467,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 449.6
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $350 helped Sica purchasing three dozen soaps, a carton of milk, three cartons of sugar, and condiments for sauce.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 19, 2009
Sep 28, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 15, 2010