A loan of $2,325 helped a member to buy agricultural produce such as pimento, tomatoes and maize.


Gh Miwanou Group's story

The GH MIWANOU group is made up of six friends who live in the same village. This is the fifth time that the group has been requesting financial assistance from ALIDé in order to increase their business activity. James is the facilitator of the group. In the picture, he is the man raising his hand. James is 51 years old and lives in Benin. James has never attended school. He is married to Pauline, a retailer, and together they have 7 children whom they financially support. Some of their children go to school. Besides their own children, James and Pauline also support two additional children. James, his wife, and his children, all live together. In order to provide for his family, James has been cultivating maize, pimento and tomatoes for about eighteen years. He sells his produce at a market in Benin. Additionally, James is also raising cattle (oxen) which he sells in a town in Benin. James conducts his business locally. In order to better serve his customers and to increase his turnover and his income, James (along with the other members of the GH MIWANOU group) is requesting a fifth loan from ALIDé. His four previous loans were all well repaid.

In this group: James, Pierre, Simon, Pierre, Moïse, Emmanuel

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan



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