Mathilde experienced a difficult childhood, so when she became an adult she decided to fight against child abuse. Her generosity and solidarity also show in her work as an entrepreneur. She has a boutique outside of her home where she sells small amounts of products (fruits, beans, corn, coal, etc.) and that she developed with the support of Assilassimé Solidarity*. She is enterprising, rigorous and has great influence in her group of micro-entrepreneurs.
During one of her group’s meetings, organized by the leaders of MIVO Energie, she immediately understood that she could reduce her expenses by using accessible modern products. The new equipment is very energy efficient and economical. "My neighbors are very interested in these products; I am very proud of them!"
Mathilde and MIVO
She sets aside up to 1,500 FCFA (2.50 euros) each week. This saving allows her to stock up her shop on a more regular basis. She has a lot of projects in mind for the future, and very soon she intends to expand her business by adding a trade of African cloth and, soon after, incorporating a drinking establishment. She would also be pleased if Mivo Energie proposes other products like batteries for the TV and the radio.
*Assilassimé Solidarité is a microfinance program developed by Entrepreneurs du Monde.