A loan of $800 helped to buy 8 pagnes, 1 carton of pomades, and 1 carton of perfume.


Awavi's story

Awavi, age 32, is a married mother of two children aged 4 and 10 who both go to school. She has been selling cosmetic products and pagnes (colorful West-African cloth) for two years. She buys her merchandise at a market in Benin.

To bolster her working capital and meet the needs of her customers, she turned to the Finadev microfinance institution to help make her activity profitable and to support her children’s education. For the future, she plans to buy a plot of land.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer


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