A loan of $800 helped purchase of corn, rice, and condiments and sauce.


Kindé Yvette's story

Kindé Yvette A. was born in 1967 in Ouidah, an historic town in Benin. Yvette is a widow with three school-aged children. She has lived in the Akpakpa quarter of Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin, with her children for almost 17 years. She has another child in her care as well as her own, and sees to their needs by herself. To do so, she prepares and sells food (corn and rice with sauce) in Cotonou. Yvette sources her goods from Dantokpa, Benin's international market, and has been in this line of work for around ten years. She has already received four loans which have all been successfully repaid. In light of rapid growth in her customer base, Yvette wishes to boost her business proposition and better satisfy those customers.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Danielle Treharne



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