A loan of $475 helped a member to purchase boxes of soap, canned goods, etc.


La Grâce De Dieu Group's story

The group La Grâce de Dieu [Grace of God] is made up of three people, all living in the same neighborhood in Benin. The group’s representative, Josephine Ablawa, is raising her hand in the photo. This is the first time the group has requested financial support from Alidé in order to build their business. Josephine Ablawa was born on March 20th, 1973, in Benin, and is married to a driver named Gaspard. The couple has five children, all in school, three of which are still in their care. Josephine Ablawa lives together with her family. She attended school, but stopped at the secondary level. For about six years, she has been working selling various products (canned goods, soaps, cassava root flour, etc.) in her neighborhood. This business enables her to provide for her children without too much difficulty. She buys her supplies in one of Benin’s markets. Her customer base is expanding, and she wants to grow her business in order to better meet the demand. To do so, and because she doesn’t have the financial resources to make her dream a reality, Josephine Ablawa has come to Alidé - along with the other members of the group La Grâce de Dieu - to request their first loan.

In this group: Josephine Ablawa, Sidonie, Rosaline
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Chelsea Rosendale



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