A loan of $300 helped to buy rice, corn, peppers and sugar.

Akouwavi's story

Kouwavi lives with her husband, who is an entrepreneur, and their two children in Lomé. The children are 12 and 15 years of age. Kouwavi works reselling “ablo” (a corn or rice-based food) in front of her home, and has done so since 2010. To buy the raw materials she needs to prepare this food item, she goes to the Grand Market in the city.

Kouwavi plans to use her first loan to buy corn, rice, sugar and peppers. Her future plans include consolidating her business, as well as ensuring that her family is well-fed.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert

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