A loan of $250 helped buy corn, gari (processed cassava root) and condiments.


Chantale's story

Chantale S. was born round 1980 in Lomé in Togo, a country adjacent to Benin, but has been living for the past 12 years in the Sègbèya area of Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. Married to Clément DOHUIN, a driver, Chantale is mother of two children, both attending school. Chantal lives with her husband and children, and the couple share family expenses.

Chantale has never been to school. Four years ago, she began selling food - red paste (cornmeal-based) and meat - as an itinerant vendor in Mivvo Park, in the Sèmè-Podji area. As a side business, she retails tea, beverages, and coal. She gets her supplies from Dantokpa, Benin’s international marketplace.

Chantale is a regular client of ALIDé, having been granted three previous loans, all repaid in full. She is now requesting a fourth loan from ALIDé, to strengthen her business and increase her customer base. Her ambition for the future is to have a stall where she can display her products without having to walk around in the sun.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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