A loan of $675 helped a member to buy various items (sugar, tinned goods, pasta, vegetable oil, etc.).

Mahugnon-Pahou Group's story

The MAHUGNON-PAHOU group is made up of three persons who all live in the same neighborhood in Bénin. It's the third time that this group is requesting a loan from ALIDé, in order to grow their businesses. The representative of the group, Marie, is the one who is raising her hand in the photo.

Marie is 51 and lives in Bénin. She is married to a retailer named Félix. The couple have four children who are all enrolled in school and for whom they are responsible. Marie helps her husband by sharing with him the responsibility for the household expenses, thanks to the income from her business.

Marie never went to school. For three years she has been selling various items (pasta, different canned foods, vegetable oil, sugar, etc.) out of her home. She buys her merchandise in one of the markets in Bénin. Wishing to satisfy her clientele and grow her income, Marie is requesting a third loan, together with the other members of the MAHUGNON-PAHOU group. Their first two loans have been correctly reimbursed.

In this group: Marie, Madeleine, Julienne

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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