A loan of $300 helped to buy three baskets of tomatoes, five boxes of canned milk, and two 50-kg sacks of rice.

Sêlomè Rosalie's story

ABAÏ Sêlomè Rosalie was born on December 30, 1961 in Zangnanado in southern Benin.  She has been residing for seven years in Cocotomey, not far from Cotonou, the economic capital of the Republic of Benin.  She is married to HOUNKANLIN Rock, a retiree of the Hotel Croix du Sud, and is the mother of three children, who are all in school.  Thanks to the revenues derived from her sales, Sêlomè Rosalie comes to her husband's aid to meet family expenses.

Sêlomè Rosalie sells condiments and various goods (canned food, milk, soaps, pasta, rice, etc.) out of her home in Cocotomey.  She purchases her different goods at Dantokpa, the grand international marketplace of Benin.  With five years of experience in this domain, she is on her second ALIDé loan.  The impact of her first load was to increase her sales figures.  In requesting a new loan, she has the ambition of growing her business further.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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