A loan of $450 helped buying sacks of "Agonté" tubers and some coconuts.

Nicole's story

Born in 1966 in Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin, Ms. M. Nicole has been living for three years in Dèkoungbé in the community of Abomey-Calavi.  She is a widow and the mother of five children, who are all in school and in her care.  Nicole lives alone with her children and is the sole provider for the family.  She sells tubers (locally called Agonté) and coconuts in her home.  This is a business that allows her to make sure that family expenses are covered.  She also sells corn and peanuts, and this allows her to diversify her revenue sources.  She gets her supplies at Dantokpa, the international market of Benin, and also at Cococodji in the community of Abomey-Calavi.  She has been in this business for thirty years. 

Nicole is a past client of ALIDé who repays her loans.  Despite the passion she has for her work, she lacks enough funds to carry out her work and to earn more income for herself.  Because of this, Nicole is requesting a fourth loan to bolster her business in order to cope with her various responsibilities. 

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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