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Born around 1975 in Abomey, the historic capital of Benin, Mrs. Christine N. is married and the mother of one child. She sells costume jewelry in the big outdoor market called Dantokpa in Cotonou and manages to get maximum profit from her sales. This makes her the chief breadwinner for her family. Her husband, who produces handicrafts, is not able to support his family completely because his earnings are not consistent.

Christine is now asking for her second loan with us. She counts as one of our best clients because the serious attitude she has shown toward reimbursing her previous loans.

Translated from French by Teresa Kramer, Kiva volunteer

Née vers 1975 dans la capitale historique du Bénin Abomey, Madame Christine N. est mariée et mère d’un enfant. Elle vend des bijoux dans le grand marché DANTOKPA de Cotonou et en tire par sa vente le maximum de profits. Ceci fait d’elle la pourvoyeuse de l’essentiel des besoins de sa famille.Son mari exerçant une activité artisanale n’arrive pas à assumer financièrement ses responsabilités de chef de famille à cause de l’irrégularité de son revenu.

Elle est à son deuxième crédit chez nous. Le sérieux dont elle fait preuve dans le remboursement de ses crédits antérieurs fait d'elle l'une de nos meilleures clientes.

Additional Information

About Alidé

Alidé is a Beninese NGO that works to reduce poverty by offering sustainable access to productive loans like this one in addition to savings, training sessions, and social work to low-income families.

Supporters of this loan should be aware that there is some risk of being repaid late. Because the Beninois Ministry of Finance has imposed restrictions on the amount of money Alidé can send to Kiva, the organization can only send monthly repayments in installments smaller than $13,000. This means that some Kiva lenders may receive their repayments late. However, Alidé remains a healthy institution in good standing with its creditors, and Kiva would like to continue working to support its clients. For more information, please refer to Alidé's partner profile page.

About Benin

  • $1,600
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Benin Loans Fundraising
  • $4,467,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 442.3
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $525 helped Christine purchasing 20 dozen of various types of costume jewelry: chains, bracelets for men and women, etc.

20 douzaines de Bijoux de diverses catégories à savoir : chaînes, bracelets pour homme et femme.

100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 20, 2008
Feb 5, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 15, 2009