A loan of $425 helped to buy fish, corn, peanut oil, and condiments for sauce.

M. Célestine's story

Born around 1952, Ms. M. M. Célestine is married to Mr. ASSA Innocent and is the mother of six children, one of whom passed away, and the others are in school. Célestine has been in the restaurant business (fish, crabs, shrimp, corn mash) since 1978 as her main work. She supplies herself with fish either from the fisheries or at the lake shore. Thanks to her business, she has been able to buy a parcel of land. She is on her third loan with ALIDÉ. Wanting to respond to the demands of her customers better, she's requesting a new loan.

Alidé means “there is always a path for the poorest” in Benin’s local language of Fon. Benin is a small West African country located next to Nigeria and has a per capita GDP of $1,500. Alidé offers special loans to highly vulnerable people at an interest rate of 0%. It is part of a group that is soon launching a micro health insurance program for recipients of micro-loans.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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