A loan of $250 helped a member to buy bags of corn.


Kpayi Group's story

Kpayi is a group of three members, who are all friends and get their supplies in the same place. The group’s representative is called Sènami Jeanne, and is pictured with her hand raised in the photo. She is 41 years of age, and is married to François. She has eight children, some of whom are at school and all under the care of the couple. Sènami Jeanne lives with her children and husband, and the couple makes sure that the various household expenses are met. Sènami Jeanne did not go to school for very long, and for almost 10 years has worked selling corn and akassa balls (a local food made using cassava starch). She works in this business so that she can better provide for her household. Sènami Jeanne gets her supplies from a market in Benin, and in order to ensure customer satisfaction, she has asked for her first loan alongside the other members of the Kpayi group. This loan will allow them to better meet their customers’ needs, as well as to generate more profits.

In this group: Sènami Jeanne, Josephine, Xougnon Eléonore
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert



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