A loan of $300 helped purchase of sugar and baskets of peanuts.

Marie Madeleine's story

Marie-Madeleine B. was born in 1965 in Dangbo, not far from Porto-Novo, the administrative capital of Benin. She is married to Mondji DOSSOU, a driver. Marie-Madeleine is the mother of four children, all in school. Marie-Madeleine has lived with her children and her husband in Djègan-Kpèvi in Porto-Novo for the last six years. The couple together takes care of the family’s expenses.

Marie-Madeleine only attended elementary school. In order to take care of herself, and to meet the needs of her children, Marie-Madeleine has been selling peanut cakes (made from peanuts and sugar) for the last four years. She sells from her home and door-to-door. As a second activity Marie-Madeleine sells corn.

Marie-Madeleine gets her goods from Dantokpa, the international market of Benin, and in Bohicom in the Zou County of Benin. Marie-Madeleine has already received two loans from ALIDé, which have been fully repaid. Marie-Madeleine is requesting a third loan from the institution in order to increase her activity and to better meet her customers’ needs.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Veronique Fourment

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