A loan of $1,300 helped a member to buy fabrics.

Mahugbedji Group's story

The Mahugbedji group is made up of three people who are friends and who operate a system of "tontines" (revolving finance systems whereby each member contributes periodically an agreed amount and this is passed on in rotation to the other members) between themselves. The representative of the group, whose name is Chantal Mireille Bodouri, is the one with her hand raised in the photo. Chantal Mireille Bodouri is 51 years old and married to a man called Paulin. The couple has three children who are all educated, and one of them remains in the couple's care. Chantal Mireille Bodouri lives with her children and husband, and she and her husband cover the various household expenses between them. In order to do this Chantal Mireille Bodouri has been selling fabrics in a market for the past eight years. At the same time, she sells cereals. She exercises her business with passion, and this enables her to provide for her family's need. She gets her supplies in a Benin town. With a view to satisfying customer demand, Chantal Mireille Bodouri and the other members of the Mahugbedji group are requesting a third loan from Alidé. The first loan was repaid in full.

In this group: Chantal Mireille Bodouri, Akala Geneviève, Andréa Dine Mahoutin

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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