A loan of $900 helped a member to buy cartons of liqueurs and wheat flour.


Mahouna Group's story

The Mahouna group is made up of 15 people who live in the same village and who all have income-generating activities. The representative of this group, whose name is Albertine, is the one with her hand raised in the photo. Abertine is 33 years old and married to a man called Grégoire. The couple has three children, all dependents, some of whom are at school. Albertine did not attend school and she now sells liqueurs and sugary drinks in her area. At the same time she sells cassava and wheat fritters from home. These activities allow her, together with her husband, to cover the various family expenses. Abertine buys her products in a village in Benin. This is the first time that she and the other members of the Mahouna group have requested a loan from Alidé. This loan will enable them to strengthen their activities and increase their turnover, so that they can respond better to customer demand.

In this group: Albertine, Alphonsine, Irène, Julienne, Christine, Geneviève, Albertine, Rosine, Jeanne, Céline, Virgine, Pélagie, Rolande Sylviane, Bernadette, Rosaline*
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras



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