A loan of $1,075 helped a member to buy vegetable oil, charcoal and yams.

Jesudogbe 2 Group's story

The Jesudogbe 2 group is made up of four 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 Ayihoué Pierrette, is the one with her hand raised in the photo. She is 42 years old and married to a fisherman called Damien. The couple has seven children, some of whom are educated and five of whom remain in the couple's care. Ayihoué Pierrette lives with her children and husband, and she and her husband cover the various household expenses between them. Ayihoué Pierrette did not attend school, and in order to help cover the household expenses, she has been selling vegetable oil from her home for around 13 years. As a secondary activity, she sells charcoal and yams, and this enables her to provide easily for her family's needs. She gets her supplies in a Benin market. With a view to satisfying customer demand, Ayihoué Pierrette and the other members of the Jesudogbe 2 group are requesting a third loan from Alidé. The previous loans were repaid in full.

In this group: Ayihoué Pierrette, Pauline, Yvette, Estelle

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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