A loan of $1,000 helped a member to buy sewing articles.


Lumière De Dieu Group's story

The group "Lumière de Dieu" (God's Light) is composed of three people who are members of the same trade association. It is the second time that the group applies for financial assistance from the microfinance institution Alidé in order to boost its activity level. The representative of the group, Frédéric, is raising his hand on the photo. Frédéric was born in Benin on June 6, 1970 and is married to Célestine, a merchant. The spouses have six children who all are still supported by them. Five of them are their own children. Some of the children attend school. Frédéric lives together with his wife and the children. The spouses share the various household expenses. Frédéric attended only elementary school. When he left school, he learnt the dressmaking trade.

Frédéric has been in the dressmaking business for 15 years and could provide for his needs and those of his children. Next to his activity, he sells nuts of oil palms. Frédéric gets his supply of sewing articles at a market in Benin. Eager to satisfy the needs of their customers and increase their turnover and income, Frédéric and his fellow members of the group "Lumière de Dieu" applied for their second loan. They have repaid their previous loan on schedule.

In this group: Frédéric, Augustin, Josephine

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Robert Mouris



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