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Born in 1974, Zinsou is married to Vincencia, a seamstress. They take care of four children, two of whom are theirs. All of the children go to school. Zinsou and his wife live in the same house, with their children. Together they share the various family-related expenses. Zinsou attended primary school only, but learned the trade of welding, thanks to which he can meet the needs of his customers and financially support his family. With this loan, Zinsou would like to expand his business by purchasing welding supplies (torches, pressure regulators, gas, etc.). Zinsou buys his supplies from Nigeria, a neighboring country of Bénin. This is the second time that Zinsou requests a loan from ALIDé, in order to increase his business and see both his customer base and income grow.
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Né en 1974, Zinsou est marié à Vicencia une couturière. Le couple à quatre enfants à charge, dont deux sont les leurs. Les enfants sont tous scolarisés. Zinsou et sa femme vivent dans la même maison avec leurs enfants. Les diverses charges de la famille sont supportées par le couple. Zinsou n’a fréquenté que l’école primaire, mais a appris le métier de soudure ; activité qui lui permet de satisfaire aux exigences de sa clientèle et d’assurer les diverses charges de sa famille. Avec ce crédit qu'il sollicite, Zinsou désire agrandir son atelier en s’approvisionnant en matériels de soudure (chalumeaux, maneaux, gaz, etc.). Zinsou s’approvisionne au Nigéria, État voisin du Bénin. C’est la deuxième fois que Zinsou demande l’appui financier de ALIDé, en vue de rehausser le niveau de son activité, d’accroître sa clientèle et son revenu.

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About Alidé

Alidé is a Beninese NGO that works to reduce poverty by offering sustainable access to productive loans like this one in addition to savings, training sessions, and social work to low-income families.

Supporters of this loan should be aware that there is some risk of being repaid late. Because the Beninois Ministry of Finance has imposed restrictions on the amount of money Alidé can send to Kiva, the organization can only send monthly repayments in installments smaller than $13,000. This means that some Kiva lenders may receive their repayments late. However, Alidé remains a healthy institution in good standing with its creditors, and Kiva would like to continue working to support its clients. For more information, please refer to Alidé's partner profile page.

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  • $1,600
    Average annual income
  • 0
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  • $4,467,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 458.3
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $350 helped Zinsou to buy welding supplies (torches, gas, pressure regulators).
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 20, 2011
Jun 1, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 15, 2012