A loan of $225 helped to buy fabrics (rich damask).


Judith's story

A. Judith was born on June 10, 1975 in Porto-Novo, the administrative and political capital of Benin. She traces her roots to DANGBO, a village of OUEME county in southern Benin. She has been divorced for eight years and has no children. Judith rents a place in Kowegbo, an outlying district of the city of Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. She sells rich damask fabrics. She is a seamstress by training, though she left this trade because it was no longer doing well for her. She started selling fabrics eleven years ago and has a sizable number of customers. She's thinking of diversifying her business. She wants to sell more fabrics, some jewelry, and necklaces. With this in mind, Judith is requesting a 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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