A loan of $550 helped a member to buy bags of rice, fresh fish, and condiments.

Ayidote 5 Group's story

AYIDOTE 5 is a four-person group, whose members reside in the same city district in Benin; they also belong to the same local finance group. The group leader, Brigitte (who is raising her hand in the picture), is 57 years old. Brigitte is married to Crespin and is a mother of four; all her children attend school. In addition to her children, Brigitte also supports one other child. The couple provides for the household together. Brigitte never went to school.
To meet her various financial needs, Brigitte has been selling meals (rice with sauce such as fish sauce) from her home for about ten years. She gets her supplies from a market in Benin. To satisfy her customers and to grow her business, Brigitte and the other members of group AYIDOTE 5 are requesting a second loan from ALIDé. They will use this loan to better answer customer demand and to increase their profit. Their first loan was punctually repaid.

In this group: Brigitte , Mouinath, Rafiath, Martine

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Charlotte Buecheler

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