A loan of $125 helped to buy two bags of charcoal, ten bowls of beans and one drum of vegetable oil.


Abla's story

Abla is married, has four children, and lives in the Adidogomé neighborhood. She is 37 years of age, and has worked in small-scale retail since she was a child. She gained a lot of experience from her mother, who is a reseller of general products.

In 2011 Abla decided to create her own small food business in front of her home. As she did not have enough resources, she started off by just selling akassa or akpan [steamed balls of fermented corn mush]. She gets her supplies in Adidogomé market. Due to the enthusiasm for her business in the area, Abla had the idea of starting to also sell beans. Her business is doing well, as she has integrated the financial and social education she received from Assilassime into her daily practices. The loan she has requested will allow her to buy two bags of charcoal, ten bowls of beans and one drum of vegetable oil.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert



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