A loan of $450 helped to buy all sorts of handbags.

Ella Flore Charby's story

Ella Flore Charby, age 39, is divorced and the mother of three children, aged 6 to 21. Lacking support to pursue her university studies, she started retailing food products six years ago. Her sales are very high : on average, she collects XOF 30'000 to 80'000 (ca US$ 60 to 160) every day.

She will use her loan to bolster her stock by buying 40 handbags. She takes good care of her customers and has a good reputation at the market. She gets her supplies from other providers in the city. With her profits, she wants to put money away to in the end open a clothing store. She's a good mother and she's thinking about purchasing a lot to build a house.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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