A loan of $2,000 helped a member to buy condiments and sacks of charcoal.


Ayitcheme 1 Group's story

AYITCHEME 1 is a group of seventeen people, who all live in the same neighbourhood. The group representative, Kémi (who has her hand raised in the photo) is 31 years old and is married to a man named Richard. They have two children, both in school and living with them at home. The couple cover the child related expenses between them. Kèmi hardly went to school herself. For nearly six years, she has been a trader of condiments and to a lesser extent of charcoal, based at her home. Kèmi is passionate about this business, which allows her to cover her own expenses and those of her children. She buys her products at a market in Bénin.
In order to satisfy customer demand, she is seeking a first loan together with the other members of the AYITCHEME 1 group. This loan will allow them to meet the demand from their customers and also to generate more profit for themselves.

In this group: Kèmi, Gisèle, Albertine, Antoinette, Roseline, Eve, Ruth, Rosina, Hounyovè, Pauline, Afiwa, Angèle, Yeconou, Pélagie, Noelie, A. Véronique, Elisabeth

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alistair Assheton



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