A loan of $1,000 helped to buy 50 sacks of charcoal.

Pélagie Hortense's story

Pélagie is 45, married, and the mother of five children, of whom four are enrolled in school. The oldest is 23 and [the youngest] 12 years old. Pélagie sells sacks of charcoal and buys her supplies in a marketplace in Bénin. Wishing to grow her working capital and satisfy the needs of her customers, she has requested and obtained a small loan in order to grow her supplementary revenue and participate in paying the school fees of her children.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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