A loan of $350 helped buy bags of dried yams and sauce ingredients (tomatoes, onions, chillies, etc.).


Mahoussi's story

Mahoussi G. was born in 1964 and for the past 9 years has resided in the Akogbato district of Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. She is married to Sossa HASSOU, a military retiree, and is the mother of two children. The children attend school and live with their parents in Akogbato. Both parents share support for the family. Mahoussi has not attended school.

To meet her needs and ensure her children's future, Mahoussi has been selling food (dried yam paste, with sauce) in front of the Ministry of Finances in Cotonou. She has been performing this activity for the past 25 years, and gets her supplies from Dantokpa, Benin's international market.

Mahoussi is an old customer of ALIDé, where she already obtained two loans, both of which were fully reimbursed. She now requests a third loan from ALIDé, to increase her working capital and the level of her activities.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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