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  • n. Plural form of tontine.


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  • Rural women in Mali use a financial system based on an ancient indigenous tradition called tontines or merry-go-rounds, with a few key 21st-century improvements.

    Suzanne Skees: Africa's Poorest Women Can Teach Us How to Manage Our Money

  • We offer annuities at rates graduated according to ages, on a sliding-scale infinitely more advantageous than what are called tontines, which are based on tables of mortality that are notoriously false.

    Parisians in the Country

  • You should hear him on Tonti, the ass that started tontines.

    The Wrong Box

  • Among these the most successful was the custom of receiving loans upon tontines.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 4, April, 1864

  • "Bank bubbles, tontines, lotteries, monopolies, usury, gambling and swindling abound," said the New York _Journal_; "poverty in the country, luxury in the capitals, corruption and usurpation in the national councils."

    A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3

  • Lotteries were drawn, tontines established, letters of nobility offered for sale at two thousand crowns each.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 78, April, 1864

  • Too many of the financiers by profession are apt to see nothing in revenue but banks, and circulations, and annuities on lives, and tontines, and perpetual rents, and all the small wares of the shop.

    Paras. 375-407

  • France and the press to stage lines and tontines, may be established without his permission, nor exist without his tolerance.

    The Modern Regime, Volume 1

  • France is at this hour little short of 100,000,000_l. _ sterling; and she stands charged with at least 40,000,000 of English pounds on life-rents and tontines.

    The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 01 (of 12)

  • Grâce à la bonne organisation de cette association traditionnelle, elles ont eu à bénéficier de la part de l'ONG ROCAM des formations en teinture, alphabétisation, assainissement et la réorganisation des tontines en caisses de micro crédit avec un intérêt de 10% par mois.

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