A loan of $175 helped purchase of sacks of rice and beans, and sauce condiments.

Louise's story

Louise H. was born June 8, 1965 in Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. About 14 years ago, Louise moved to Dandji, in the Sèmè-Podji village of Benin. Louise is married to Jean Tchevoegba, a mechanic. The couple has five children who live with them in Dandji. Some of their children go to school. Louise helps her husband support the family, thanks to the supplementary income she makes from her trade.
Louise only attended elementary school. To meet her family's needs, Louise sells food (rice, beans, spaghetti) in front of the public primary school in Dandji and the Sainte Marie school in Cotonou. Louise stocks up on supplies in Dantokpa, the international market of Benin. Louise began this work ten years ago.
Louise has already received one loan from ALIDé which she repaid in full. At this time, Louise does not have sufficient funds to take her business to the next level and better meet her clients' needs. For this reason, Louise is asking for another loan from ALIDé.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Kelly Percival

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