A loan of $625 helped purchasing smoked and salted fish, fresh staple foods, oil jog , onion braids, bags of green beans etc.

Monique's story

47 years of age, married with three children and the owner of an eatery at the market entrance, which she has been running for seven years. The previous loan proved very beneficial for her since she was able to learn how to manage stock, keep a cash register and other business strategies.
She continues to buy her groceries fresh in order to avoid spoilage of goods due to electricity failures. Her customer base is diversified: market vendors, taxi drivers, passersby who like to stop by at her place.
In addition to strengthening her business, she also increased her income.

The next loan will be used for purchase such items as one basket of smoked fish, one box of salted fish, one jug of palm oil, one jug of peanut oil, one box of canned tomatoes, one onion braid.
Her revenues increased from 20,000 to 45,000 West African francs per day, and eventually she would like to have a big food-serving business and employ young unmarried mothers.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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