A loan of $275 helped buying100-kg sacks of beans and corn.

Edith's story

Born in 1971 in Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin, Ms. A. Edith has been living for about five years in Enafa, in the community of Sèmè-Podji, in Benin.  She is married to Mr. GOUNADIN Paulin and is the mother of four children, who are all in school.  She lives together with her children and husband, and she helps him out where family expenses are concerned, thanks to the revenues she brings in from her business.

Edith never attended school.  For nearly seventeen years, she has been operating a business selling staple foods (corn, beans, etc.) out of her home.  Bohicon, in Zou county in Benin, is where she resupplies herself. 

She has already benefited from an ALIDé loan, which she has repaid.  Facing more and more numerous demands from her customers, she is no longer managing to satisfy them all, given the few financial means at her disposal.  And so, Edith is requesting a second loan from ALIDé.  This loan will enable her to increase her stock of goods and to do better in satisfying all her customers.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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