A loan of $525 helped a member to buy rice, beans and sauce condiments.


Ife Olouwa 1 Group's story

The Ife Oulowa 1 group is composed of three people who are related to each other and work in the same neighborhood. The group’s representative, Hounssi Mègbè (raising her hand in the photo) is 57 years old. Hounssi Mègbè is a widow and the mother of four children, two of whom are still in her care. Hounssi Mègbè did not go to school. She lives together with her two dependent children and supports them thanks to her business revenues. Hounssi Mègbè prepares food for sale (such as rice and beans). She has been selling food in a town of Benin for about 30 years. As a secondary activity, she sells miscellaneous items (cookies, etc). Hounssi Mègbè stocks up at a market in Benin. With the goal of meeting customer demand and expanding her activities, she is seeking a second loan from ALIDé, together with the other members of her group. This loan will allow the group members better meet customer needs and increase their profits.

In this group: Hounssi Mègbè, Jacqueline, Clarisse
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Ekaterina Sukhanova



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