A loan of $725 helped to purchase fresh fish and sacks of corn for the preparation of akassa.


Célestine's story

Born in 1953 in Avrankou, in the department of Ouémé, Célestine M. has lived in Fidjrossè Kpota in Cotonou, the economic capital of Bénin, for about 31 years. Célestine is married to Innocent Asse and is the mother of five children who have all been educated. Only one, however, is in her care. Célestine lives with her husband in Fidjrossè Kpota. She did not attend school. To meet her responsibilities, Célestine sells smoked fish and shrimp from her home. Célestine also prepares and sells akassa (a porridge made from cornmeal, a local staple). She gets her supplies at Dantokpa, the international market in Bénin. She has done this kind of work for 30 years and has already received three loans through ALIDé. Célestine repaid all three loans. Her clients are growing in number by the day and she is no longer able to meet their demands. Célestine is requesting a fourth loan in order to build up her business and better meet the demands of her clients.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Shannon Arnold



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