A loan of $625 helped to buy food products for his cultivation business (chili pepper, gumbo, tomatoes and corn).

Bodjrènou Bertin's story

Bodjrènou Bertin, age 41, is married to a merchant named Célestine. The couple has ten children they have to support, out of which some attend school. In addition, the couple has another child to support.

Bodjrènou Bertin never attended school. The couple covers the various family expenses together. For about ten years, and in order to provide for himself and his family, Bodjrènou Bertin has been growing cereals (corn) and vegetables (chili pepper, gumbo, and tomatoes) that he sells in one of Benin's region.

In parallel, he transforms palm nuts into palm oil that he resells. He works in his region. In order to bolster his business and better meet customer demand, he's seeking a second loan from Kiva's partner, ALIDé. He ambitions to bolster his business. His first loan was repaid without problems.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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