A loan of $375 helped a member to buy prepaid phone cards, cassava flour, etc.

Fruits 2 Group's story

The Fruits 2 group is made up of three people who are friends living in the same area of Benin. The representative of the group is named Bernadette and she has her hand raised in the photo. This is the first time that this group has asked for financial support from Alide to help them raise the level of their business.

Bernadette is 35 years old and is married to Abel, a carpenter. The couple has three children, all of whom go to school and are under their care. Bernadette and her husband live with their children and together they are responsible for the various household expenses. Bernadette did not go to school.

For the last nine years, Bernadette has been selling prepaid phone cards, cassava flour, and other goods in a town in Benin. Bernadette procures her goods from a Benin market. This business allows her to take care of her family's needs without much difficulty. Because of her limited means, Bernadette can no longer meet the increasing demands of her customers.

For this reason and their limited resources, she and the other members of the Fruits 2 group are seeking a loan with Alide.

In this group: Bernadette , Jeanne, Memedé Cécile

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara

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