A loan of $900 helped a member to buy wheat flour and charcoal.


Houenoussou Group's story

The group HOUENOUSSOU is composed of three persons who live in the same district. This is the third time that this group has requested financial aid from ALIDé in order to boost their businesses. The group's representative, by the name of Estelle, is the one with her hand raised in the photo. She is 39 years old and married to a wood worker by the name of Séraphin. They have four children, who are all in school and in their care.

Estelle did not have much schooling. To support herself and her children, she makes pâté (made from wheat flour) that she sells out of her home and door to door. Aside from this, she sells charcoal, a business which generates the revenues helping her to ensure the various household expenses are covered. She has been in this business for five years. She is supplied from one of the markets in Benin.

Seeking to satisfy her customers and wanting to increase her sales and her revenues, Pascaline and the other members of the group HOUENOUSSOU are requesting a third loan. The two previous loans have indeed been repaid.

In this group: Estelle, Sylvie, Josephine

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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