A loan of $325 helped to buy 25 liters of oil, 4 boxes of soap, 2 boxes of milk, and 3 boxes of canned tomatoes.

Antoinette's story

Ms. Antoinette P. was born on October 27, 1959 in Agoué in the southeast of Benin. She has been a widow for six years and has two orphans in her care. After two failed attempts at earning her high school diploma, she got started selling pagnes (colorful West African cloth) with her mom. Today, besides distributing pagnes as she usually does, she markets various items, such as canned foods, pasta, peanut oil, and cassava flour out of a small shop in her home. Given the growth in her business, she is requesting this third loan of 160,000 francs CFA to acquire supplies essentially in vegetable oil, soap, and canned foods.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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