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Innocentia A. was born in 1969 in Agonlin, in the Zou Department of Benin. Married to François KOUANOU, she is the mother of four children, all having attended (or still attending) school. She lives with her little family in the Dogoudo borough of Allada, in the Department of the Atlantic. Innocentia settled here some six years ago. The couple jointly shares family expenses.

Innocentia has never attended school, and for the past 15 years, she has been selling corn and cassava flour she makes herself at the Sekou market in Allada. As a second business she sells soja-based cheese. She gets her supplies from the Houegbo and Allada markets.

She is a regular client of ALIDé, having already been granted three previous loans, all reimbursed in full. She wishes to increase her level of activity and improve her response to customer demand. This is why she is requesting a fourth loan.
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A. Innocentia est née en 1969 à Agonlin, dans le département du Zou au Bénin. Mariée à KOUANOU François, Innocentia est mère de quatre enfants, tous scolarisés. Innocentia vit ensemble avec sa petite famille au quartier Dogoudo à Allada, dans le département de l’Atlantique. Il y a près de six ans que Innocentia s’est installée dans ce quartier. Le couple assure ensemble les différentes charges de la famille. Innocentia n’a jamais fréquenté l’école. Depuis 15 ans environs, Innocentia vend du maïs et de la farine de manioc qu'elle produit elle-même, au marché Sékou à Allada. De façon secondaire, Innocentia vend également du fromage au soja. C’est au marché de Houègbo et de ALllada que Innocentia achète ses produits. C’est une ancienne cliente de ALIDé, ayant obtenu déjà trois crédits, qu’elle a tous bien remboursés. Innocentia voudrait élever davantage le niveau de son activité et mieux répondre à la demande de sa clientèle. C’est ce qui l’amène à solliciter un quatrième prêt.

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About Alidé

Alidé is a Beninese NGO that works to reduce poverty by offering sustainable access to productive loans like this one in addition to savings, training sessions, and social work to low-income families.

Supporters of this loan should be aware that there is some risk of being repaid late. Because the Beninois Ministry of Finance has imposed restrictions on the amount of money Alidé can send to Kiva, the organization can only send monthly repayments in installments smaller than $13,000. This means that some Kiva lenders may receive their repayments late. However, Alidé remains a healthy institution in good standing with its creditors, and Kiva would like to continue working to support its clients. For more information, please refer to Alidé's partner profile page.

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  • $1,600
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Benin Loans Fundraising
  • $4,467,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 487.2
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $400 helped Innocentia buy baskets of cassava roots and four bags of corn.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 14, 2010
Mar 25, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 16, 2011