A loan of $600 helped to buy basic goods (a box of soap, bag of rice, box of sugar and cubes).


Minette's story

Minette is a young woman who is 30 years of age. She is separated and mother to four children aged between 2 and 8 years of age, three of whom are already at school. She opened a small food store a year ago, which she manages in a neighborhood of the capital. Thanks to her experience in this area and her warm welcome and rapport with the locals, she has been able to build up a very large customer base.

The constant increase in Minette’s customer base means that supply is lower than demand, and loans are therefore important for her business. Thanks to these loans she has been able to buy basic goods (a box of soap, bag of rice, box of sugar and cubes), which will allow her to easily satisfy her customers, increase her sales and have a higher profit margin. Minette plans to reinvest part of her profits in her business, while the rest will allow her to provide for her family, for which she is responsible.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert



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