A loan of $400 helped buy baskets of cassava roots and four bags of corn.

Innocentia's story

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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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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