A loan of $225 helped to purchase firewood in bulk.

Marie-Claire's story

G. Marie-Claire was born in 1970 and is married to Ahouansou Cyprien, a re-seller. The couple has 7 children, 4 of whom are still in their care. All of the children attend school. For the past 13 years, Marie-Claire has lived with her husband and their children in Sèmè-Podji, in Benin. With her husband, Marie-Claire pays for the needs of her family. Marie-Claire did not attend school. For 7 years, Marie-Claire has sold firewood in Ekpè, in order to provide for her family's needs. Marie-Claire supplies herself in Pahou, in the district of Atlantique in Bénin. Marie-Claire has benefitted from one loan from ALIDé, which she fully repaid. In order to strengthen her business and satisfy more of her clientele, Marie-Claire is requesting a second loan from ALIDé.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Margot Bonner

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