A loan of $550 helped to purchase bags of sugar, flour, corn, hibiscus, flavourings, and packs of baking flour and vanilla sugar.

Alain Francis Ludovic's story

Mr Alain Francis is a single 30 year old with one eight-year-old son called Grâce. He attended school up to fourth grade of secondary school, and began selling miscellaneous products at the market in 1993 with starting capital of 5000F. He sells the following products: hibiscus, flour, vegetable oil, vanilla sugar, flavourings, and corn to make popcorn. His daily revenues are between 40,000 and 75,000F. He is aiming to boost his business by buying: one bag of hibiscus, one bag of sugar, one can of oil, one box of various flavourings, five packs of wrapping, 5 jugs of food colourings, one bag of sugar, 1/2 a bag of corn to make popcorn. He would like to remain in the same line of work by becoming a wholesaler and sell bags of hibiscus and corn. He would like to take a larger loan out in future and look after his son Grâce.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Danielle Treharne

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