A loan of $200 helped to purchase food products (bags of rice, groundnuts, and a package of fish) and firewood.


Delphine's story

Delphine is a 49-year-old divorced mother of 4 children between the ages of 15 and 23 years old, all of whom attend school. She also has 5 other dependents under her care. She has been a shopkeeper in a neighborhood of the capital for 6 months. Delphine sells firewood and food products (rice, groundnuts, and fish) depending on the season.

The high quality of her merchandise and her outgoing personality allow Delphine to attract and retain customers in a short amount of time. The growth of her customer base has meant supply has fallen short of demand, which is what prompts her need for a loan for her business. This loan will allow Delphine to increase her inventory (roughly one bag of rice, groundnuts, a package of fish, and firewood). This will enable her to avoid depleting her inventory, to satisfy her customers and to increase her profit margin.

The profits generated by this loan will be partially reinvested into Delphine's business in order to grow it, and the remainder will help her address various everyday issues.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Long Phillips



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