A loan of $625 helped to buy a sewing machine, sewing supplies, and palm nuts.

Djidjoho's story

Djidjoho, age 42, lives in Benin. He's married to a merchant named Célestine. Djidjoho dropped out of elementary school, and learned sewing. The couple has four children, who all attend school. In addition, the couple has another child in its care.

Djidjoho and his wife make sure together that the various household expenses are covered. To this effect, Djidjoho has been working as a tailor for about five years. This business enables him to provide for himself and for his children's needs.

As a secondary business, Djidjoho also transforms palm nuts into palm oil. He wants to improve his workshop's equipment by purchasing a new sewing machine and sewing supplies. This will enable him to meet customer demand in an efficient way.

For this reason, he's seeking a second loan from Kiva's partner, ALIDé. The first loan was repaid without problems.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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