A loan of $1,250 helped a member buy cans of palm oil, petrol and bags of cassava.

Fifonsi Group's story

The Fifonsi Group consists of sixteen persons living in the same village. The representative of the group, Micheline, is the one whose hand is raised in the photo.

Micheline is 31 years old and is married to a carpenter named Mark. They have two children, of whom one attends school and both are under their care.

Micheline has not attended school. For the past twenty years, Micheline has been producing cassava flour (made from cassava roots), which she sells in the region. Alongside this activity, Micheline sells palm oil and petrol in her neighborhood. This allows her to share responsibility for all household expenses with her husband. Micheline gets her supplies from a village in Benin.

This is the first time Micheline and other members of the Fifonsi group seek a credit from ALIDé. This credit loan will allow them to strengthen their business and increase turnover to better meet the needs of their customers.

In this group: Micheline, Célestine, Francisca, Keyimon, Houndjenoukon, Géneviève, Béatrice, Anago, Amavegba, Houndoavode, Anago, Elise, Jeannette, Eugénie, Josephine, Hounsiga

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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