A loan of $400 helped to grow maize and chili peppers.

Sourou Jean's story

Sourou Jean is a 46-year-old farmer. He is married to Julie, a merchant, with whom he has six children. Some of the couple's children go to school and all are their dependents. Sourou Jean and his wife live with their children and jointly take care of the various household expenses.

Sourou Jean did not attend school. For the past 26 years or so, he has been working in agriculture. Additionally, he is involved in fishing, an activity he carries out in a village in Benin. He is passionate about his work, and his activity allows him to meet his needs as well as those of his children. He stocks up locally.

Eager to meet the needs of his customers, Sourou Jean is requesting a third loan from ALIDé in order to grow maize and chili peppers. This loan will allow him to better satisfy his customers' needs and to increase his profits. His previous loans were duly repaid.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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