A loan of $1,325 helped a member to buy charcoal and palm wine.

Mahutin 2 Group's story

The MAHUTIN 2 group comprises five members who are friends living in the same neighborhood. The group's representative, Marie Kottin, is the woman raising her hand in the photo. It is the seventh time that this group is requesting financial support from ALIDé in order to raise its level of activity.

Marie Kottin is 60 years old and married to a man named Idelphonse. They have one chid who goes to school. Marie Kottin and her husband jointly take care of the household's expenses.

Marie Kottin did not go to school. She has been selling charcoal and palm wine from her home, for more than ten years. She buys her supplies in a town in Benin.

As the demand from her customers is increasing, and given her limited means, she can no longer satisfy all her customers' needs. In view of this, and because of their limited resources, Marie Kottin and the other members of the MAHUTIN 2 group are requesting a collective loan from ALIDé. Previous loans were duly repaid.

In this group: Marie Kottin, Béikon, Bernadette, A. Olamidé, O. Sella

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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