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Born in Togoville in 1960, Mr. François N. lost his parents very early in life, which forced him to drop out of school to become a boatman on a dugout canoe. He is married and has five children. His wife died eight years ago. In addition to having charge of his children, he also has charge of his three sister and two brothers. As a boatman, he transports both people and goods from village to village along the river. This work could help him make a good living if he owned a good canoe. Having a dependable canoe is very important in this job because a minor mistake or problem could claim dozens of lives.

He is therefore requesting a loan of $850 to buy a new canoe for renting out and for transporting goods and people. This plan will allow him to meet the needs of his family. The financing of this plan is not only economic in focus but is more importantly humanitarian, in that he may avoid shipwrecking and the possible loss of life.

Translated from French by Daniel KUEY

Né en 1960 à Togoville, Monsieur N. François a très tôt perdu ses parents ; ce qui lui a coûté l’abandon de ses études pour devenir un vrai piroguier. Marié et père de cinq (05) enfants, il a perdu sa femme il y a 8 ans. En plus des charges de ses enfants, il supporte également ses trois (03) sœurs et deux (02) frères. Il exerce ce métier de piroguier pour le transport des biens et personnes à travers les villages riverains environnants. Ce travail peut lui rapporter s’il dispose d’une bonne pirogue. Ceci est d’autant très important si l’on sait que pour moindre erreur, c’est la vie des dizaines de personnes qui sont en danger.

Pour ce faire, il sollicite un crédit de $850 pour acheter une nouvelle pirogue pour la location et le transport des biens et personnes. Ce projet lui permettra de subvenir aux besoins de sa famille. Le financement de ce projet ne vise pas seulement l’aspect économique, mais plutôt un acte humanitaire pour éviter les naufrages et perdre la vie des gens.

About Togo

  • $1,500
    Average annual income
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  • $9,000,575
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    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $850 helped François to buy a new boat.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 6, 2007
Dec 23, 2006
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 25, 2007