A loan of $1,050 helped a member to buy firewood.


Viwanou Group's story

VIWANOU is a three-person group whose members all live in the same neighborhood in Kpakpakanmey, in Cotonou. Suzanne, the group’s representative (whose hand is raised in the photo), was born in 1968. She is married to Valentin. The couple has seven children, four of whom they support financially. All of the children are in school. Suzanne lives with her husband and children in Kpakpakanmey. The family moved into this neighborhood nearly 11 years ago. Together, the couple provides for the family’s various expenses. Suzanne has been selling firewood in Cotonou for eight years, which enables her to support herself. She gets her supplies in Bohicon, in the Zou department of Benin. She is a longstanding ALIDé client who has fully repaid previous loans. Her goal is to expand her business and to satisfy customer demand. Suzanne has gone into partnership with two other members in order to obtain another loan.

In this group: Suzanne , Philomène, Bonarque
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Connie Archea



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