A loan of $2,825 helped a member to buy food and condiments.

Gbehigbenan 1 Group's story

GBEHIGBENAN 1 is a group composed of 11 people who all live in the same neighborhood. This is the third time that this group requests a loan from ALIDÉ, in order to increase their business. The group representative, Baoun Odette, is the one raising her hand on the picture. Baoun Odette is 56 and lives in Benin. She never went to school. Baoun Odette is married to a man named Lucien. They have two children, one of whom goes to school. They both take care of the family financially. To contribute to the various expenses, Baoun Odette has been selling food and condiments for about thirty years in a little shop located in her house. Baoun Odette buys those items in a market in Benin. In order to meet the needs of her customers as well as to increase her sales and her income, Baoun Odette, along with the other members of the GBEHIGBENAN 1 group, is applying for a third loan from ALIDÉ. The first two loans have been successfully paid back.

In this group: Assiba Odette, Léocadie, Charlotte, Angèle, Claire, Mariama, Ablawa, Victoire, Agossy Julienne Marcelle, Baoun Odette, Charlotte

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Julien Roland

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