A loan of $400 helped to buy staple foods: vegetables and smoked and dried fish.


Astou's story

Astou lives approximately 22 kilometers from the main village, and has sold vegetables and staple foods for more than ten years. She is a regular client of this branch as this is her sixth loan. Astou is married and is a mother. She has set up a table in front of her house for some of her neighbors who cannot go to the market to stock up on seasonings. She has requested a loan of 200,000 francs CFA to buy vegetables and dried and smoked fish to sell on her table. Astou gives her husband a hand with her support towards the daily household expenses. She manages to save thanks to the revenues generated by her business, and has made improvements with respect to the food her children eat. She needs more cash to increase her business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert



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