A loan of $1,050 helped to buy five cartons of beef, five cartons of chicken thighs, and five cartons of fish.

Lydie's story

This client is aged 42, single and raising two children. She got into business three years ago. She is on her fourth loan, but she was never a Kiva client. For this loan she is very motivated and on being granted her loan she bought a freezer, cartons of meat, fish, poultry and chicken thighs, fresh tomatoes, onions, etc. Her sales are considerable with income of between 40,000 and 90,000 francs per day.

An exemplary client, she has successfully reimbursed her various loans and was able to put aside an enormous amount in savings. With this last loan she added to her stock of foodstuffs by buying five cartons of meat, five cartons of chicken thighs, five cartons of various kinds of sea fish, fresh tomatoes and onions. She is very welcoming to her customers and knows how to deal with competition in the marketplace.

Her ambition is to open several butcher shops in various neighborhoods of the town. She makes sure her children are enrolled in school and helps several persons in need.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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