A loan of $400 helped buy bags of rice and beans, sauce condiments and beverages.

Diane's story

Born in 1976, Diane A. is married to D. Clément Dansou, a mechanic. The couple has four children to care for, of whom one is their own child. All the children attend (or have attended) school. For the past 9 years Diane has been living with her family in the Ménontin borough of Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. The couple share responsibilities for the family expenses.

Having never been to school, Diane’s commercial activity is to sell food preparations (rice, beans, accompanied by fish- or meat-based sauces, etc.). As a side business, she also sells beverages. Diane gets her food supplies from Dantokpa, Benin’s international marketplace, and her beverages from depots in Cotonou. On the other hand, she sells her food preparations in the Fifadji area of Cotonou.

Diane has been running her business for four years and was already granted four loans, all repaid in full. Given the increasing demands from her customers, she is requesting another loan so that she can increase her daily production and generate higher turnover.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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