A loan of $1,050 helped to buy fabric, kitchenware and school supplies.

Alice's story

Alice A. is married to Théophile HOUENOU, an automotive painter. The couple have three children, all of whom attend school. Alice and her family have lived for a dozen years in the Sènadé neighborhood of Cotonou, the economic capital of Bénin. Alice did not attend school. To support herself and her family, Alice sells different types of fabric (hitarget, bazin [damask], etc.), kitchenware and ice chests through the distribution system. Alice runs a secondary business selling school supplies. Alice buys her products at Dantokpa, the international market of Bénin and also in Lomé, a neighboring country of Bénin. Alice has run this business for 11 years and has already received five loans from ALIDé that have been fully repaid. Alice is requesting a sixth loan from ALIDé because she now wants to bolster her business and increase her sales.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Connie Archea

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