A loan of $275 helped to buy eggs by the tray, soaps, cassava flour, insecticides, etc.

Céline's story

Céline Z. was born in Ouidah, an historical town in Benin, in 1965. Céline is married to Philippe HEBE, a gardener. The couple has four children, two of whom they have to support. Not all children attend school. Céline has been living for about twenty years in the Gbégamey neighborhood in Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. She lives with her children and her husband, and they both support the family. Céline never attended school and for about twenty years, she's been selling various items (soaps, insecticides, eggs, tissues, peanuts, peanut cookies, cassava flour, etc) as well as "sodabi" (local alcoholic beverage) at her house. She's a long time client of Kiva's partner, Alidé, who repays her loans without problems. In order to expand her business and better meet customer demand, Céline is seeking her third loan from Alidé.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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