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Firmine H. was born in 1975 in Abomey, a historic town of Bénin. For about twenty years, Firmine has been living with her family in the neighborhood Missèbo in Cotonou, the economic capital of Bénin. Firmine is married to Soulé TIDJANI, a driver, and is the mother of three children all in school.

Thanks to the income from her activity, Firmine is able to help her husband with the family’s expenses. Indeed, Firmine sells purses and fabric at the large Missèbo market in Cotonou. Firmine buys her products from Lomé, the capital of Togo – a neighboring country of Bénin. To meet the high demand of her customers during the year-end holidays, Firmine is requesting a loan from ALIDé.

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H. Firmine est née en 1975 à Abomey, ville historique du Bénin. Firmine réside avec sa famille depuis une vingtaine d'année au quartier Missèbo à Cotonou capitale économique du Bénin. Firmine est mariée à TIDJANI Soulé, un chauffeur, et est mère de trois enfants tous scolarisés. Firmine vient en aide à son mari Soulé dans les charges de la famille grâce au revenu de son activité. En effet,Firmine vend des sacs de sortie et des tissus au grand marché missèbo de Cotonou. Firmine achète ses produits à Lomé, Capitale du Togo, pays voisin du Bénin. Pour répondre à la forte demande de sa clientèle pendant cette période de fête de fin d'année, Firmine sollicite un prêt de ALIDé.

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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.

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  • $1,600
    Average annual income
  • 0
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  • $4,467,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 445.7
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $450 helped Firmine purchase of purses and fabric.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 19, 2009
Oct 29, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 15, 2010