A loan of $250 helped wheat flour, corn, and beans.

Célestine's story

H. Célestine was born in 1969 in Allada, in Atlantique county, Benin. She is the mother of four children who are all in school. She is divorced and living alone with her children in the Cadjèhoun district in Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. She has been residing in this district for ten years. She alone ensures that family needs are met.

Célestine did not go to school. For eight years already, she has been running a business selling pâtés (made with wheat flour). She also sells vegetable oil, as well as staple foods (corn, beans) out of her home and by the distribution system. Dantokpa, the international market of Benin, is where she makes her purchases.

She twice had an ALIDé loan and has repaid them. She's requesting a third loan from ALIDé to expand her business further and to attract more customers.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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