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Caroline T. was born on the 27th of May, 1970, in Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. Caroline has lived in the Zogbohouè quarter for around ten years. She is married to Olivier Dansou, an architect, with whom she has four children – all are school-educated. Caroline lives with her children and her husband, who looks after most of the family’s needs.
However, Caroline assists her husband with her children’s schooling and maintenance with the money that she earns from her business.
Caroline attended school up to secondary level, after which she learned the skill of dressmaking which she has now practised for around 17 years. In addition to this, Caroline sells fabric from her home studio. She sources her goods from Lomé in the Togo, Benin’s neighbouring State, and also at Dantokpa, Benin’s international market. Caroline is an existing client of ALIDé, having already received and successfully repaid three loans from the organisation. She is requesting a fourth loan from ALIDé in order to replace her heavily worn sewing machines, so that she may better satisfy the demands of her customers.
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T. Caroline est née le 27 Mai 1970 à Cotonou, capitale économique du Bénin. Caroline vit au quartier Zogbohouè à Cotonou, depuis une dizaine d'année. Mariée à DANSOU Olivier un architecte, Caroline est mère de quatre enfants, tous scolarisés. Caroline vit ensemble avec ses enfants et son mari. C'est le mari de Caroline qui assure le plus les charges de la famille. Cependant, Caroline vient en aide à son mari dans l'entretien et l'éducation des enfants, grâce aux revenus issus de son activité. Caroline a fréquenté jusqu'au cours secondaire. Caroline a appris ensuite le métier de couture et l'exerce depuis environs 17 ans. A côté de cela, Caroline vend des tissus dans son atelier situé à son domicile. Caroline s'approvisionne à Lomé au Togo, Etat voisin du Bénin, et aussi à Dantokpa, marché international du Bénin. Caroline est une ancienne cliente de ALIDé, ayant déjà obtenu trois crédits auprès de l'institution, et qui ont été bien remboursés. C'est pour remplacer ses machines à coudre qui sont usées, en vue de mieux satisfaire sa clientèle que Caroline sollicite un quatrième 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
  • 445.3
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $675 helped Caroline to purchase sewing machines.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 1, 2010
Dec 11, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 26, 2011