A loan of $250 helped to buy sacks of bean, corn, cassava flour, pasta.

Célestine's story

A. Célestine was born in 1967 and has been residing in the Sètovi district in Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin, for nine years. She is married to AKPOLI Moïse, a retailer. The couple has four children in school to support. Three of the children are theirs. The husband is the only one covering family expenses.

Célestine has never attended school. For seven years since then, she has been running a business selling a variety of goods (pasta, soaps, canned foods, milk mayonnaise, beans, corn, cassava flour, batteries, vegetable oil, etc.) out of her home. She stocks up at Dantokpa, the grand international marketplace of Benin.

She has had an ALIDé loan before, which she has repaid. With the aim of increasing her capital and bolstering her display of goods, she’s requesting a second loan from ALIDé.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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