A loan of $300 helped to purchase palm oil and peanut paste for resale.

Denise Mané's story

Denise Mané is 42 years of age, married and the mother of seven children. She is living a few kilometers from the IMCEC branch located in her area. She is a resourceful woman who sells palm oil and peanut paste, and has been in this business for over 15 years. She started with a small amount of her own capital. She makes ​​the journey herself to purchase her merchandise and brings it back to the neighborhood where the majority of her customers are located.

She helps her husband with the household expenses and is also responsible for the education of her children; she pays for their reinforcement classes. She hopes to someday become a large retailer and open a store where she can stock merchandise, as she would also like to sell brooms, nététou (a traditional sauce) that is used in the preparation of many Senegalese dishes, and dried and smoked fish.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jane Coe

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