A loan of $1,000 helped buy 10 cartons of sugar, 2 dozen boxes of milk, pasta, and crockery.

Victoire's story

Victoire Odountain was born 23 December 1967 in Ouidah, a historic city of Benin. Married to Charles Houliho, an electrician, Victoire is the mother of three children, all attending (or having attended) school. For the past ten years, she has been living with her family in Hêvié, in the Abomey Calvi municipality. The couple shares responsibility for family expenses.

Victoire has not attended school. To make ends meet, she sells various products from her home (canned tomatoes and sardines, milk, sugar, pasta, soap, matches, rice, etc.). As a side business, she also sells crockery. She gets her supplies from Tori and Dantokpa, Benin’s international marketplace.

Victoire has been running her business for four years, and has already been granted one loan from ALIDé, which she reimbursed in full. She wishes to increase her stock supply and expand her activity, which is why she requesting a second loan so that she can better respond to customer demand.

In the future, Victoire would like to open another point of sales at the Cococodji market, to become an additional source of income.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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