A loan of $975 helped a member to buy children's clothing and jewelry.

Eternel Est Ma Lumiere Group's story

The group ETERNEL EST MA LUMIERE is comprised of seven persons who are friends living in the same district. This is the third time this group has requested financial aid from ALIDé to boost their business. The group's representative, Sidonie, is the one in the photo with her hand raised.

Sidonie is 29 years old and lives in Benin. She halted her studies in secondary school. She is married to a glazier named Bertrand. They have one child, who is in school and in their care. Sidonie lives together with her husband and child. The couple jointly meet the various household needs.

To help cover the various expenses, Sidonie has been selling children's clothing for nine years at a market in Benin. Secondarily, she sells jewelry. Her supplies come from Nigeria and from a Beninese market.

Seeking to satisfy her customers and to increase her sales and her income, Sidonie and the other members of the group ETERNEL EST MA LUMIERE are requesting a third loan from ALIDé. The first two loans were indeed repaid.

In this group: Sidonie, Roverine, S. Viviane, Aminatou, Sandrine Baï, Akom Fidélia, Naïmath

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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