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Razafinirina Claudine

I am 33 years old, single, with one girl of 6 years olf. I studied up until 7th grade and have lived here in town for 2 years. I am a charcoal seller and I would like to use this loan to expand my business. My dream is to become a wholesaler of charcoal so I can make better profits to support myself and my daughter.

Randrianirina Lys Fiderana

  • Shop owner
  • 20 Years Old
  • 0 Children
  • Single
  • 12 Years of Schooling

"Hello my name is Lys Fiderana. I am 20 years old and I am still single with no children. I just finished my studies and now I am looking for something to do to earn my living. I would like to use this loan to being a small bar which could provide soft drinks and other beverages to people. My dream is to have a business of my own so that I will no longer be dependent on my parents and I will be able to succeed on my own.”

Update One

Hello from Lys Fierana. In my family, we generally have three meals a day. For example, yesterday we had rice with greens for breakfast, and also a cup of coffee. For lunch, we also had rice with greens in a tomato sauce and for dinner we had still more rice with a sauce of little peas. I am the one who does the shopping and prepares the food. My family's favorite food is rice with bean sauce.

Update Two

Hi! It's Lys.  The disease that my family most often has is the flu. The climate is different here because of the destruction of the environment and the environment holds a big role in the changing of the climate. I like the summer because we can do lots of different jobs but when there is bad weather like this we are limited by what we can do. It is hot and it rains a lot here right now.  As I said in the beginning, this has a large consequence in my business because we can't work all day because of the rain, so my business suffers and I make little profit.

Update Three

Hello!  It's me, Fiderana.  This is what my day is like:  I get up at 5:00 a.m. to make breakfast for the family.  Afterwards I clean up the courtyard and then when everyone has gone, I do the housework.  In fact, it is me who does all the household chores.  I am the one who cooks, cleans, does the laundry and  ironing, so my day is filled up with all these chores.  On Sundays, I go to church in the morning and then in the afternoon I  do some sport with my friends if there is not a meeting.

 

Rasoloarison Christophine

  • Shop owner
  • 24 Years Old
  • 1 Child
  • Single
  • 12 Years of Schooling

My name is Rasoloarison Christophine and I am 24 years old. I have one child and I am single. I have lived here for a long time. I studied up until 12th grade. I own a small shop and I would like to use this loan to expand it. My dream is to someday have a house of my own.

Update One

Hello from Christophine. In my family we eat rice two times a day, at lunch and in the evening. For breakfast, we always have coffee with bread or little cakes. Yesterday, for breakfast we had coffee with bread. For lunch, we had rice with a bean sauce and, for dinner, we had rice with a vegetable sauce. I am always the one who does the food shopping and prepares the meals. My family's favorite food is rice with fish sauce.

UpdatesTwo

Hello! It's me, Christophine. The illness that my family has often is the toothache and that is not surprising because almost everyone here has cavities. I think that the climate here is different than other places because Ambalavao is surrounded by mountains and this has a big effect on it's climate. I like the winter because it's the season of the harvest and there is a lot of food.  Most important, people have food and we can make a lot of business different. At the moment, the business is going pretty bad but nevertheless we are getting a bit of business so we can't complain.

Update Three

Hi! It’s me Christophine; I get up at 5 a.m. to go fetch water and after I make breakfast, we eat and after I get the children ready for school and I take them to school and I go back to clean and after all these chores I leave to sell lamba at the market with my mother and we stay all day we even eat lunch at the market.

Rakalady Celestine

  • Seamstress
  • 34 Years Old
  • 2 Children
  • Single
  • 8 Years of Schooling

Update One

Hello from Celestine. In my family, we have three meals a day.  At each meal, we always have rice and a cup of coffee. For example, yesterday I was the one who did the shopping and prepared the food, and it is always like that. For breakfast, we had soupy rice with chopped vegetables and for lunch we had rice with bean sauce and litchis for dessert. For dinner we had plain rice. My family's favorite food is rice with fish sauce.

Update Two

Hello, it's me Celestine. The illness that my family often has is the headache. The climate here it's different because we are in the regions of the south. I like the winter because it's the period of the harvest and the people have money and the village people go up to town and there are many clients. At the moment, it's very hot and it rains a lot here.  This has an impact on my business because the clients do not have money and I get less orders.

UpdateThree

Hi it’s me Celestine; I always start my day at around 4 a.m. to finish the rest of last night's work (sewing); when I'm done, I prepare breakfast, I clean and I go fetch water; I leave the house at around 9 a.m, to go to the market to buy things for lunch, I cook lunch at the same time I sew and I spend my day sewing in general sometimes even at night when I have a lot of clothes to do.

 

Tovonirina Angeline

  • Trinkets vendor
  • 20 Years Old
  • 0 Children
  • Single
  • 11 Years of Schooling

My name is Tovonirina Angeline. I am 20 years old and I am not yet married. I don't have any children, because I am still a student in the 11th grade. I have lived here in the town for 10 years. My dream is to succeed in my studies so that I can build myself a good future.

Update One

"Angeline: I live in an apartment with three rooms, one that I use as a living room, one is a bedroom and the last one is the kitchen. There are brick walls, cement floors and a roof covered with aluminum sheets. I live with my family and we have electricity and water in the house."

Update Two

Hello from Angeline. In my family we eat rice three times a day and I am the one who always cooks the food. My mother is the one who shops for it. For example, yesterday for breakfast we had rice with leafy greens. For lunch, we had rice with a vegetable sauce and for dinner we had rice with an omelet. My family's favorite food is rice with the meat of zebu (beef) and greens.

Update Three

Hello! It's Angeline! The illness that my family sometimes has is fever. I think that Ambalavao has a different climate than the other regions because it is surrounded by mountains and also there are brush fires that burn the forests. The season that I love the most is winter because there is the harvest and business does very well. Also, food is abundant and less expensive.  It's the rainy season here at the moment and it's hot and that's not good for business because there are not a lot of clients because it's the period of the harvest and the villagers don't come to town to buy.

Update Four

Hi! It’s me Angeline; I always get up at 5 a.m. to go fetch water; after this I take a shower and I do the cleaning and it’s the children who prepare the breakfast, we eat at 7 a.m. everyone leave and I give my sewing lesson that starys at 8 a.m. until 12 a.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. the afternoon; I come how and I prepare dinner we eat at 7 p.m. and we go to bed at around 9:30 p.m. because we watch a bit of TV. It's always like this exept on Sunday, it's church and laundry.