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A loan of $300 helped 10 cartons of 4 dozen cups and plates; 50 trays of eggs.

Louise's story

A native of Allada, Mrs. Louise H. was born in 1961 in Cotonou. Raised by her aunt, she helped the latter sell "akassa" (a porridge made out of maize). In 1979, she was apprenticed to a seamstress, thanks to financial help from her big sister. She received her diploma in that trade after 9 years.

Louise opened her own workshop and plied her trade for three years before beginning to sell maize, red palm oil, and cereals. For 12 years now, she has been selling fresh eggs and articles on deep discount: plates, cups, etc. She is requesting this third loan of 150,000 F CFA with a term of 10 months to bolster her little business. Married to Martin Tossou, a shoemaker, she has no children.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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