A loan of $2,500 helped a member to buy shoes and rice.

Sohoueto De Womey 2 Group's story

SOHOUETO DE WOMEY 2 Group is made up of eighteen persons, who all live in the same neighborhood in Benin. They were all members of a previous group.

The group's representative, named Antoinette Lydie, is the one raising her hand in the photograph. She's 40 years old and married to a welder named Philippe.

The couple has four school-attending children they still have to support. The children live together with their parents. Antoinette Lydie didn't attend school much.

To provide for herself and her children, she sells shoes. Besides, for about two years, she's been preparing food (steam-cooked rice pasta) and selling it in Benin.

Antoinette Lydie gets her rice supplies from one of Benin's markets. Eager to satisfy her customers and increase her revenue and income, she's seeking her first loan, together with the other members of the group.

In this group: Léontine Afiavi, Albertine, Antoinette Lydie, Rosaline, M. Marie, Emilie, Augustine, Odile, Mètowouin, Pélagie Sètongnon, Octavie Honorine Ablawa, Abikou Jeanne, Sylvie, Florence, Kai Reine, Marguérite, Sandrine Yétonyéwa, Cathérine

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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