A loan of $450 helped purchase telephone refill cards, bags of corn, and firewood.

Jocelyne's story

Jocelyne G. was born in 1947 and has lived for thirty nine years in the Cadjehoun neighborhood of Cotonou, the economic capital of Bénin. Jocelyne is a widow with three children who are in school, two of whom she is supporting. Jocelyne meets the family's expenses alone. To meet her childrens' needs Jocelyne started selling corn and firewood twenty years ago, and she also has a telephone booth in front of her house where she sells telephone airtime refills. Jocelyne gets her supplies in Dantokpa, the international market of Bénin. She is a former client of Alidé, having benefited from three loans that she repaid correctly to Alidé. Jocelyne is requesting a fourth loan from Alidé to increase her business and to meet the numerous needs of her customers.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Heather Nicholson

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