A loan of $325 helped buy plastic bags in bulk and corn for the preparation of corn-cakes and akassa.

Julienne's story

Born in 1963 in Bohicon in the Department of Zou, Julienne A. is married to Faustin AGBANNON, a cook. The couple has five children, all having had schooling. The family settled 11 years ago in the Fidjrossé Kpota neighborhood of Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. Julienne manages with her husband the family expenses. She has not attended school.

To meet her financial obligations, Julienne is an itinerant vendor selling plastic bags and corn-mush cakes. As a side business, she also sells akassa (a local corn-based food preparation) from her home. She gets her supplies from Dantokpa, Benin’s international marketplace.

Julienne has been in this line of business for 20 years and has already been granted credit loans from ALIDé, which she has repaid in full. She is now requesting another loan to increase her stock supply and satisfy the increasing customer demand for her offerings.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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