A loan of $600 helped a member to buy sewing materials and charcoal.

Dieu Est Ma Joie Group's story

The Dieu Est Ma Joie (God is my Joy) group has three members, all of whom live in the same neighborhood and belong to the same savings group. This is the fifth time that this group has requested financial assistance from Alidé, in order to increase their business levels.

The group’s representative is called Zinhoué Rose, and is pictured with her hand raised in the photo. She did not go to school, and is 33 years of age. She is married to a driver called Joseph, and the couple has two children, one at school and both under their care. Zinhoué Rose lives together with her husband and children, and the couple shares the household expenses.

To meet her family’s various needs, for the past nine years Zinhoué Rose has worked sewing from home. In addition to this business, she also sells various sewing items and charcoal. This business allows her to provide for herself without much difficulty.

Zinhoué Rose gets her supplies in the region where she lives. In order to satisfy her customers, increase her sales and have a higher income, she has requested a fifth loan from Alidé along with the other members of the Dieu Est Ma Joie group. This loan will allow them to increase their business levels, have more customers and increase their income. The first loans they received were successfully repaid.

In this group: Zinhoué Rose, Sylvia, Houndeman

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert

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