A loan of $225 helped to buy bags of rice and maize.


M. Laurence's story

Born in 1961, Laurence H. has been living for 10 years in the Tokpota neighbourhood of Porto-Novo, the administrative capital of Benin. Laurence is divorced from her husband and has a school-age child. Laurence lives alone and is solely responsible for the household expenses. Laurence attended school up until High School. When she failed her school year, Laurence began selling foodstuffs (maize, rice, beans, etc.) and has been doing so with great energy for roughly 15 years; this allows her to meet her various needs. Laurence buys her goods at the Ikpinlè food market of Benin, but sells them in Porto-Novo. Laurence has had a prior loan with Alidé which was repaid in full. Laurence is currently experiencing financial difficulties to purchase and increase her inventory. Because of this, and in order to better satisfy her customers, Laurence is asking for this, her second loan.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer L K



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