A loan of $1,175 helped to buy 12 bags of rice, 12 bottles of liquor, 1/2 box of macaroni and 2 boxes of canned food.

Virginie's story

Virginie, age 47, is married and the mother of three children, two of whom are in school. Her oldest and youngest children are 22 and 16 years old, respectively.

Virginie runs a large shop where she has been selling bags of rice, canned foods, macaroni and liquors for a few years. She buys her goods from a market in Benin and a market in another country.

Eager to boost her purchasing power and to fulfill her customers' expectations, she has requested and obtained financial assistance from Finadev. Her goal is to maximize her profits and to contribute to her children's education.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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