A loan of $300 helped to buy 5 bags of rice, 7 bags of corn, 8 bags of beans, and condiments for sauces.

Victorine's story

Victorine B. was born on March 23 1963 and is married to Jean Folly, a telecommunications employee. The couple has five children, all of whom have received schooling.

About eight years ago, Victorine moved with her family to Cocotomey in the commune of Abomey Calavi. Together, the couple meet the family's various needs. Victorine did not go to school for very long. To meet her needs, Victorine prepares food (rice, beans, corn dough, with sauces) that she sells at the "Etoile Rouge." She purchase her supplies at Dantokpa, Benin's international market.

Victorine has been involved in this activity for three years and has already obtained two loans which she has fully repaid. To meet the increasing demands of her customers, Victorine would like to increase her inventory, in order to better satisfy her customers. This is why she is asking for a third loan.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Puchner

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