A loan of $800 helped a member to buy jugs of motor oil and miscellaneous items for resale.


Mahougnon Group's story

Mahougnon is a group of three individuals who live in the same neighborhood in Benin and are related to each other. The group’s representative, Mahoumè Elisabeth (raising her hand in the photo) is 35 years and lives in Benin. Mahoumè Elisabeth is separated from her husband. She has three children, all in school, two of whom are in her care. Thanks to the income from her business activity, Mahoumè Elisabeth manages to provide for her children. She did not finish high school. She sells imported motor oil and miscellaneous items out of her home. As a secondary activity, she sells “pâtes” from wheat flour [wheat-meal mush, a staple food]. Mahoumè Elisabeth stocks up in one of the Benin towns. She has been in this business for about a dozen years. With the goal of meeting customer demand, Mahoumè Elisabeth is seeking a second loan, together with other members of the Mahougnon group. This loan will allow the group members to better meet customer demand and to increase their revenues.

In this group: Mahoumè Elisabeth, Joséphine, Hafoussatou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S



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