A loan of $225 helped purchase of liquor and various products (cans, sugar, milk).


Delphine's story

Delphine F. was born in 1978 in Cotonou, Benin's economic capital. Delphine is married to Robert Gbetchou and the mother of four school-aged children. Delphine and her husband and children have been living in the Agbato quarter of Cotonou for the last five years. She helps her husband meet their family's needs with the income generated from her business. Delphine never attended school. To cover expenses, she sells various products (couscous, milk, eggs, rice, toothpaste, pills) from her home. She also sells liquor from her home, which allows her to increase her source of income. Delphine gets her provisions at Dantokpa, Benin's international market. She has had her business for roughly seven years, but has yet to benefit from an ALIDé loan. Delphine is soliciting her first loan from ALIDé with the intention of expanding her business to better suit the needs of her many clients.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Owen Frivold



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