A loan of $350 helped buy apples.


Anne-Marie's story

Born in 1964 in Benin, Anne-Marie D. is married to Simon HOUNGBEME and is the mother of three children, all attending (or having attended) school. For the past ten years she has lived with her family in the Senadé borough of Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. She helps her husband and they jointly deal with different family expenses.

Anne-Marie has not attended school. About 15 years ago she started buying crates of apples from Benin’s wholesale importers, to resell them retail in Sèmè, not far from the Nigerian border. Facing increasing demands from her customers, she would like to increase her stock of supplies to increase customer satisfaction.

This is why she is now requesting a fourth loan from ALIDé, having fully repaid the three preceding ones. Anne-Marie has the ambition of buying a plot of land in the future, to live there with her family.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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