A loan of $800 helped a member to purchase firewood.

Dona Group's story

The DONA group is comprised of three friends who work together in the same neighborhood. The group’s representative is called Houénoumè, and is pictured with her hand raised in the photo. Houénoumè is 52 years of age, married to a blacksmith called Louis and lives in Benin. The couple has five children (all at school), three of whom are in their care. Houénoumè did not attend school and lives with her children and husband, and both she and her husband are responsible for the household expenses. To better cover her family’s various needs, Houénoumè has sold and distributed firewood, charcoal and miscellaneous articles for 15 years. She gets her supplies from Benin and, from time to time, from Nigeria. To meet the demands of her ever-growing customer base, Houénoumè has asked for a fifth loan from Alidé along with the other members of the DONA group. All the loans they received in the past have been successfully repaid.

In this group: Houénoumè, Yédégo Tine, Kpédétin Honorine

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert

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