A loan of $325 helped buy caustic soda to make soap, and various food products (pasta, canned tomatoes and sardines, milk, etc.).

Delphine's story

Delphine V. was born in 1956 and has been living for the past 20 years in the Agla neighborhood of Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. Married to Léon BANKOLE, a retired tax agent, she is the mother of six children, all having had schooling, and of which five are still under her care. She lives with her husband and children, and she shares family expenses with her husband. Delphine has only attended primary school.

For 30 years Delphine has been selling various products (sugar, soap, peanut cakes, canned tomatoes, sardines, pasta, milk, etc.). She also retails locally made soap (made from caustic soda and oil). She gets her supplies from Dantokpa, Benin’s international marketplace, and from Adja, in the Mono region. She sells her products from her home and sometimes in Dantokpa.

Delphine is a faithful client of ALIDé and has previously been granted two loans, both duly repaid. She is now requesting a third loan from ALIDé, with the hope of putting more money into savings and eventually building a house.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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