A loan of $400 helped to buy plastic cooking utensils and fabric.


Léonie's story

Born in 1950, Léonie Bnonlonfoun has lived in the Jericho quarter of Cotonou, Benin's economic capital, for around thirty years. She has six children, some of whom attend school; however, she does not live with her husband, but rather looks after her children by herself. She never went to school, and now sells fabric and plastic cooking utensils in Jericho and the surrounding area. She sources these goods from Dantokpa, Benin's international market, and this business enables her to generate revenues which go towards the cost of looking after her children. She has already received loans from ALIDé and has successfully repaid them. In the face of increasing demand from her customers, she is seeking a new loan to boost her stock and better satisfy their demands.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Danielle Treharne



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