Her name is Tchotcho Anastasie Amakoue from Togo. I (along with others) have loaned her money to grow her business of selling cloth and sewing supplies. This has been taken from the KIVA site and explains her business:
"This is a woman who is married and the mother of four. Her husband is an auto mechanic. Her husband's income is insufficient to cover household expenses. Thus, to help her husband with these responsibilities, she does commerce in sewing supplies. Most of her customers are seamstresses and tailors. She has an inventory shortage and wants to resupply herself. To do so, she's requesting her first loan to buy 16 rolls of poplin, 10 rolls of guipure (heavy lace), 20 boxes of thread, and 15 boxes of buttons."
KIVA is an organization that facilitates the matching up of lenders and entrepreneurs. . In December, 2008 I made a loan to Mery Tidjani, also of Togo, to help her buy cloth and dress making supplies. She has repaid about 1/3 of her loan and is ahead of her repayment schedule. I used that repaid amount ( plus a little more) to make this new loan to Tchotcho. As she begins to repay her loan, I can turn that money into another loan to another entrepreneur. Since I have a love for fabrics of all kinds, I seek out those ladies with similar interests. It makes me feel connected to them. I encourage you, my readers, to research this fine program at http://www.kiva.org/. Its a great big "feels good" thing!