A loan of $1,450 helped a member to buy rice, condiments and charcoal.

La Victoire Group's story

The group La Victoire [“victory”] is composed of seven persons living in the same neighborhood. The group’s representative, by the name of Clarice Ekundayo, is the one raising her hand in the photo. Clarice Ekundayo is 40 years old and is married to a certain Aurelier. They have three children, some of whom are in school and all of whom are in their care. Clarice Ekundayo did not attend school. The children live together with the parents. For 12 years, Clarice Ekundayo has been selling rice, condiments and charcoal out of her home as well as through a distribution system; this allows her to provide for various household needs jointly with her husband. Clarice Ekundayo stocks up at a market in Benin. This is the sixth time that Clarice Ekundayo and the other members of the La Victoire group are seeking a loan from ALIDé. This loan will allow them to strengthen their businesses in order to better meet customer demand. The five prior loans have been duly repaid.

In this group: Clarice Ekundayo, Akuemaho Célestine, Estelle Abossédé, Philomène Sourouléré, Angèle Sèdé, Yvette Akoko Lucie, Monique Nonvignon

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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