A loan of $1,000 helped buy firewood, charcoal and underwear.

Anique Claudine's story

Anique Claudine Salako was born 19 November 1958 in Parakou in the North of Benin. She has been living in the K. borough of Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin, for the past 30 years. Claudine is married to Dominique Houngue, and is the mother of four children, all having attended school, and of whom one is still under her care. She assists her husband in taking care of family expenses.

Claudine has attended very little school. To meet her needs, she sells charcoal and firewood from her home. As a side business, she also sells underwear and ice. She gets her products from Dantokpa, Benin’s international marketplace, and also from Lomé in nearby Togo.

Claudine is a regular ALIDé client, having already been granted five loans, all of which were fully reimbursed. She wants to expand her business in response to customer demand, which is why she is requesting another loan.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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