A loan of $725 helped a member to purchase fish and sacks of rice.


Dedewanou Group's story

The "Dedewanou" Group is made up of three people who come from the same family. The group's representative, Julienne, is the woman raising her hand in the photo. Julienne is 43 years old and lives in Benin. Julienne is married to a driver by the name of Raphael. The couple has six children, all in school, but two are no longer in their care. Julienne lives with her children and her husband. Julienne and her husband see to the various family expenses together. In order to do so, Julienne sells "Ablo" (a local, rice-based food), accompanied by fried fish, from her home. Julienne has been running this business for six years. She purchases her wares in Benin and sells her meals from her home.

Julienne would like to please a larger number of customers with her products, but her financial means are not substantial enough to allow her to build up her business. It's for this reason that Julienne, along with the other members of the "Dedewanou" Group, is seeking a third loan from Alidé. The two previously received loans have been repaid.

In this group: Julienne, Marthe, Marie

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jessalyn Pinneo



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