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Alimata is a 38 year old widow and mother of 3 sons who lives in the home of her deceased father, in Kaboila II, the city center of Sikasso (third administrative region of the Republic of Mali).

She did not have the chance to attend school for social reasons and 6 years ago, started to buy and sell various articles such as Wax pagne (decorative cloth), shoes, perfumes, embroidered fabric, "Super" basins, etc. She is well sought out by her clientele, made up of military personnel and their wives, among others, for the high quality of her products. The fact that she is a widow aids her in getting many orders and her business is running very well.

With this loan she expects to buy, 4 rolls of light fabric, 4 cartons of "Super" basins, 5 complete sets of embroidered fabric, 2 cartons of perfume, 2 lengths of Wax pagne, etc. She buys her supplies in Bobo Dioulasso (at Burkina Faso) and resells them at the Camp Tieba military camp in Sikasso and in her neighborhood.

With this loan she hopes to earn a monthly income of 100,000 Francs CFA which would be essentially used to increase her operating capital, contribute to family expenses, meet her loan payments and invest the remainder into her business.
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Alimata S. est une veuve de 38 ans, mère de 3 garçons, qui vit avec ses enfants chez son feu père à Kaboïla II, le centre ville de Sikasso (troisième région administrative de la république du Mali).
N’ayant pas eu la chance d’avancer à l’école pour des raisons sociales, elle s’est initiée aux activités d’achat et de vente d’articles divers : pagnes wax, chaussures, parfums, tissus brodés, tasses “Super” etc il y a maintenant six ans. Elle est beaucoup sollicitée de sa clientèle (composée entre autres de militaires et de leurs épouses) pour la qualité de ses produits. Vu sa situation matrimoniale, elle reçoit beaucoup de commandes et son activité marche à merveille.
Dans le souci de mieux satisfaire sa clientèle de plus en plus croissante, elle décida d’intégrer l’institution de microfinance Soro Yiriwaso avec qui elle est à son premier prêt individuel.
Elle compte acheter avec ce prêt, 4 rouleaux de tissus légers, 4 cartons de “Super tasses”, 3 douzaines de nickel, 5 complets de tissus brodés, 2 cartons parfums, 2 pièces de pagne wax, etc. Elle s’approvisionne à Bobo Dioulasso (au Burkina Faso) ensuite elle les revend dans le camp militaire “CAMP TIEBA” de Sikasso et dans le quartier.
Elle envisage réaliser avec ce prêt un bénéfice mensuel de 100 000 FCFA qui sera utilisé essentiellement pour augmenter son fonds de commerce, contribuer aux dépenses familiales, payer les intérêts de son prêt et investir le reste dans son activité.

Additional Information

Important Information

Soro Yiriwaso is a microfinance institution that works primarily in rural and semi-urban areas of Mali to provide underprivileged communities with access to financial services.The organization facilitates access for disadvantaged clients, particularly women, to new resources and services, fostering solidarity and cooperation among its clients. Kiva lenders’ funds will enable Soro Yiriwaso to expand its outreach and target even more underserved Malians involved in business and agriculture.

About Mali

  • $1,200
    Average annual income
  • 79
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    Mali Loans Fundraising
  • $10,874,800
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 496.2
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $425 helped Alimata to buy various articles for resale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
11 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 10, 2009
May 1, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 15, 2010