A loan of $200 helped purchase of various products (sugar, milk, cookies, candy, canned goods, soap, toilet paper, etc).


H. Antoinette's story

DOUCHE H. Antoinette was born March 23, 1972, in Adjohoun, in the Ouémé administrative district of Benin. Married to LAWANI Arsel, a teacher, Antoinette is the mother of one child, who is in school. For almost fifteen years she has lived with her husband and child in the Kpondéhou neighborhood of Cotonou, economic capital of Benin. The couple jointly pay the family's expenses. Antoinette did not go to school, but learned to sew, and she has been doing that for about fifteen years. As a secondary activity, Antoinette sells fabric and various other products (sugar, milk, cookies, candy, canned goods, soap, toilet paper, etc.) in front of her workshop. Antoinette buys her supplies in Dantokpa, international market of Benin. She has already received one loan from ALIDé and repaid it in full. She wants to expand her business and better satisfy her clientele, which is the reason she is seeking financial help from ALIDé a second time.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Robin Clochard



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