A loan of $275 helped purchase of 6 sacks of charcoal and 4 sacks of corn.


Amélé's story

Amélé M. was born in 1974 in Lomé, the capital of Togo, which borders Benin. Amélé is married to Laurent Glahou, an entrepreneur. The couple has four children who are all in school. For the past three years, Amélé has lived with her children and husband in Cocotomey, not far from Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. Amélé helps her husband Laurent handle the family's expenses. Amélé never went to school. Amélé stopped selling food items (ogi, a fermented cereal porridge) and began selling sacks of charcoal and corn at home and also through the distribution system. Amélé buys her stock in northern Benin. She has already received one loan through Alidé which she repaid in full. She is requesting a second loan through Alidé because she would like to travel to northern Benin to buy her stock wholesale and therefore improve her business

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Manuel Carreiro



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