A loan of $425 helped buy tomatoes, spices, onions, eggs and sugar.

Olaribigbé's story

O. Olaribigbé was born on July 31, 1960 in Parakou, in northern Bénin. She is married to Agbe Michel, a driver, and is the mother of seven children, three of whom are still dependents. The family has lived in PK10 Enafa, in the commune of Sèmè-Podji, for 13 years. The couple take care of family expenses together. Olaribigbé never went to school.

To provide for her children, Olaribigbé sells condiment sauces and various other products (eggs, sugar, soap, stock cubes, etc.) outside her home. Olaribigbé stocks up in Dantokpa, at the international market of Bénin. She has 10 years experience in this trade and is on her fifth loan with Alidé. At the moment, Olaribigbé lacks sufficient funds to maintain her business and meet customer demands. That’s why she is requesting her fifth Alidé loan.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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