A loan of $325 helped to buy five cases of cosmetics, five dozen hair extensions, and two cases of soap..


Germaine's story

Born on October 12, 1980 in Bénin, Germaine is married to Wilis, who is a photographer. The couple is raising two children, both enrolled in school, of whom one is their biological child.

Germaine never attended school. She learned hairdressing, a trade she has been practicing enthusiastically for ten years. At the same time, she sells general merchandise (soap, canned goods, etc.), hair extensions, and cosmetics. Thanks to the income from her business, Germaine is able to contribute to supporting her family. She buys her merchandise in a market in Bénin and sells her goods out of her beauty shop. With a view to satisfying her clientele and improving her standard of living, Germaine is requesting her fourth loan from ALIDé.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer



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