A loan of $875 helped a member to buy fabric, bags and shoes.

Vivi Group's story

VIVI is a three-person group. The members are friends and all live in the same area of Davatin in Cotonou (economic capital of Bénin). In order to boost their businesses and to better meet customer demand, this group approached ALIDé to obtain a third loan. Virginie, the president of the group (whose hand is raised in the photo), was born on July 7, 1968. She is married to Tonny, a shopkeeper, and is the mother of three children. All the children are in school and the couple is still financially responsible for two of them. Virginie, her husband and children have settled in Davatin. Together, the couple provides for the various household expenses. Virginie attended school for only a very short time. To provide for her needs, she sells fabric, bags and shoes door-to-door and also by the distribution system. Virginie has operated this business for eight years and it provides income to help her provide for her needs. Virginie is asking for a loan with the other members of her group so as to expand her business and to better respond to the every increasing demand of her clientele.

In this group: Virginie, Patricia, A. J. Isabelle

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Connie Archea

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