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Ami G. was born in Tsévié in 1970. She went to school and earned her middle school diploma (BEPC). Lacking the support to continue her education, she had to quit. She then learned to sew, and for five years she has been running her own dressmaking shop, called «Vivre Ensemble», or Live Together, thanks to an initial loan of $350, which she repaid without a problem. She is in a common-law marriage with a plumber who left in search of work in Bénin. That is why Mrs. G. has been alone for 16 months with her 3-year-old daughter. There has been no news of her husband. She courageously deals with household expenses by herself. An adroit and very energetic woman, she puts everything she knows into her work, and she is renowned in her neighborhood for the quality of her services. She would like to include among her goods for sale various fabrics and other boutique items not currently available in her area. This will provide a comprehensive range of goods for her customer base.

To achieve this, she is requesting a loan of $950 to stock and sell traditional skirts, bags, and shoes for women. This new project will grow her business and of course her income, allowing her to take care of her child.

Translated from French by Daniel Kuey, Kiva Volunteer

Madame G. Ami est née en 1970 à Tsévié. Elle a fait ses études jusqu’en classe de 3ème sanctionné par le BEPC. Obligée d’abandonner ses études par manque de support, elle apprit alors la couture et depuis cinq (5) ans, elle gère son propre atelier de couture grâce à son premier crédit de $350 obtenus et parfaitement remboursés. Elle vit dans une union de fait avec son mari plombier qui l’a abandonnée pour s’installer au Bénin en quête de travail. C’est ainsi que Madame G. Ami vit seule depuis 16 mois avec sa fille âgée de 3 ans, sans aucune nouvelle du mari. Très courageuse, elle fait face seule aux charges du ménage. Femme ingénieuse et très dynamique, elle met tout son savoir-faire au service de ce travail, et la qualité de ses services fait sa renommée dans son quartier. Elle veut associer la mercerie et la vente de tissus qui manquent dans le quartier et ses environs à la couture pour rendre un service complet à sa clientèle.

Pour ce faire, elle sollicite un crédit de $950 pour l’achat et la revente de pagnes, sacs et chaussures pour dames. Ce nouveau projet va accroître ses activités et de facto ses revenus lui permettant de s’occuper des besoins de son enfant.

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  • $1,500
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $950 helped Ami to add traditional skirts for sale, plus shoes for women, to her dressmaking shop.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 18, 2007
Jan 3, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 9, 2008