A loan of $425 helped to buy sacks of corn, beans, millet, sorghum, and yam tubers.

Akouavi Solange's story

C. Akouavi Solange was born around 1971 in Pobè, in Plateau County. She is married to TOULASSI Clément, a chauffeur. She and Clément still do not have any children, but they support a child who is in school. The family lives in Womey, a district in the community of Abomey-Calavi, not far from Cotonou, the economic capital of the Republic of Benin. Solange’s husband is the one who ensures that family expenses are covered. This allows Solange to invest the revenues from her business to develop it further.

Basically, she sells staple foods (yam tubers, corn, millet, sorghum, beans, etc.) through the distribution system. Glazoué, one of the international markets of Benin for staple goods, is where she stocks up on these different goods.

Solange wants to bolster her working capital to be able to respond better to the demands of her growing customer base. And so, she’s requesting her first ALIDé loan to attain her goals.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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