A loan of $525 helped to buy diapers, brassieres, blankets, feeding bottles, sheets, drawsheets.

Clementine's story

Clémentine N., age 60, is a merchant. She's divorced and has eight children (aged 20 to 41) to support. In 1980, she started selling layettes in order to be able to raise her children. She used her first loan to buy supplies from Kinshasa, Cotonou and China. She sold for XOF 25'000 to 60'000 per day and managed to put away a large sum. She repaid her loan without much difficulty.

Considering the experience she acquired, she wants to seek another loan, to bolster her stock and expand her selling stalls, so that her daughter can help her with the sales at the market. A true entrepreneur, she intends to travel abroad herself to get her supplies and become a wholesaler.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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