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H. Léonie was born in 1970 in Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. She is a widow and the mother of two children who are both in school. She has been living alone with her children in the Finagnon district in Cotonou for ten years. She alone ensures that family expenses are met.

Léonie has attended secondary school. To provide for herself and these two children of her, she sells hair extensions and hair products in the shop in her home. She also sells mobile phone recharge cards. She stocks up from Dantokpa, the international marketplace of Benin.

She is a previous ALIDé client who has already benefited from eight ALIDé loans, which have been repaid. With the aim of bolstering her business, especially as the holidays approach, and satisfying her customers further, she’s requesting a ninth loan from ALIDé.
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H. Léonie est née en 1970 à Cotonou, capitale économique du Bénin. C'est une veuve et mère de deux enfants tous scolarisés. Léonie vit seule avec ses enfants au quartier Finagnon à Cotonou depuis 10 ans. Seule Léonie assure les charges de la famille. Léonie a été à l'école jusqu'au secondaire. Pour subvenir à ses besoins et à ceux de ses enfants, Léonie vend des mèches et des produits pour cheveux dans sa boutique à son domicile. Léonie vend également des cartes de recharges téléphoniques. C'est à Dantokpa, marché international du Bénin, que Léonie s'approvisionne. Léonie est une ancienne cliente de ALIDé qui a déjà bénéficié de 8 crédits à ALIDé, crédits qui ont été bien remboursés. En vue de renforcer son activité surtout à l'approche des fêtes, et de mieux satisfaire ses clients, Léonie sollicite un neuvième crédit auprès 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.

About Benin

  • $1,600
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Benin Loans Fundraising
  • $4,467,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 439.8
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $425 helped Léonie to buy hair extensions and phone cards.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 11, 2009
Nov 24, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 15, 2011