A loan of $1,175 helped a member buy corn and palm nuts to make Akassa and palm oil.

Julienne's Group's story

This group is comprised of four women who have all been friends and neighbors for many years, some even since their birth.

Giulia, the representative of the group, is 40 years old and married to a farmer named Barthélemy. For the past 25 years, she has bought corn and palm nuts in her city's marketplace to be processed.

With the corn, she makes Akassa (a very popular paste in Benin), and she produces oil from palm nuts. She sells these products at her home and her stall is well known for its warm welcome.

With this new loan, which is her eighth, having repaid all the others without problems, she plans to develop her business by buying more supplies and meeting the needs of her loyal customers by purchasing fish and gari (cassava flour).

The profits generated will enable her to develop her savings and one day buy her own plot of land.

In this group: Julienne, Yetondei, Marie, Gomoussi

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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