A loan of $650 helped to buy school equipment.

Aissa Kane's story

Mrs. Aissa Kane G. is 21 years old, single and mother to one child. She lives with her parents in a large traditional family in the Sokala district of Ségou (the Republic of Mali's fourth administrative region).

Aissa left school in ninth grade of elementary school (the Malian education system) to go into business with her mother who sold condiments, clothing and shoes. After several years' apprenticeship, she began to develop her own activities, selling clothing, shoes and school equipment just before the new school year. She has been carrying out this last activity for three years now and has a good reputation.

With the aim of expanding her business and making more money at the start of the school year, she turned to Soro Yiriwaso. She has been in relations with this institution for 54 months, having had three group loans and three individual loans, all of which have been repaid in full. She is now on her fourth individual loan which she plans on using to buy two cartons of 100-page exercise books. She gets her supplies in Bamako and sells for cash and on credit to a customer base made up of women and men.

With this loan she is expecting to make a monthly profit of 40,000FCFA. This profit will allow her to feed her mother and her son and to take part in social events. Her ambition is to build a house.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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