A loan of $350 helped purchasing three dozen soaps, a carton of milk, three cartons of sugar, and condiments for sauce.


Sica's story

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.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Emily Martyn



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