A loan of $1,100 helped to buy cosmetics.

Messan's story

Messan, age 32, is married to a customs agent. She has one two-year-old child who attends school. She's been working as a reseller since 2004. She sells cosmetics to anyone in her shop. She gets her supplies at the Grand Market in Lomé and works with one employee. Her major difficulty is the stiff market competition.

Messan is seeking her first loan from Kiva's partner, WAGES, in order to buy and sell cosmetics. She wants to bolster her business and diversify it in the forthcoming years. She says that with her profits, she intends to improve the living standard of her family.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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