A loan of $1,900 helped a member to buy several sacks of corn.


Entente 1 Group's story

The "Entente 1 Group" (harmony) is composed of eight persons, all living in the same neighborhood in Benin. Pauline, the representative of the group, is the woman who is raising her hand in the photo. She is married to Machoudi, a mechanic. They have five children, of whom three are still in their care. Some of the children do not attend school. The parents provide together for the family.

Pauline has been selling akassa (a local dish prepared from corn starch) from her home for nearly eleven years. This is the fifth time that Pauline applies for a loan from the microfinance institution Alidé. The previous loans have been repaid on schedule. Eager to bolster her activity and better meet her customers' demand, Pauline and her fellow group members from Entente 1 would like to get a new loan.

In this group: Pauline, Martine, Allontossi, Reine, Emilienne, Célestine, Bernadette, Valérie

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Robert Mouris



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