A loan of $1,000 helped to buy 22 pagnes, 12 pairs of shoes, 10 bags and 3 boxes of perfume.


Fidèle Ayaba Chimène's story

Ayaba Chimène is 32 years old, married, and has three children; two of whom are in school. Her eldest is 9 years old and her youngest is 1 year old. She has running a business selling pagnes (traditional fabrics), shoes, bags and cosmetics for a number of years and gets her supplies from a market in one of Benin's markets. In order to increase her purchasing power and meet her customers' needs, Ayaba Chimène has requested and obtained a loan from Finadev. This loan will allow her to maximize her earnings and contribute towards her children's education.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard


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