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Born in 1981 in Bamako, Rokia lives with her four children and spouse in a monogamous family in the catholic mission neighborhood of Ouelessebougou. Rokia has not had the opportunity to advance her education, as she became very quickly interested in income-generating activities, taking after her older sister who had been doing business trading miscellaneous articles.

Rokia, after years of experience in this business, opted to pursue the same activity selling various products: i.e. beauty, food, ornamental products, etc.

After having properly repaid her two previous loans, Rokia is on her third loan through Soro Yiriwaso, which will be used to purchase 20 sacks of attiéké [dish prepared from cassava], 3 cartons of tooth- and hairbrushes, 3 cartons of toothpaste and 2 cartons of blue ([dye] for garments). She buys her stock from wholesalers in the area, and makes sales in cash and credit, as well as online from her home and in the market of Ouelessebougou, among others in the area, to a mixed clientele.

Rokia hopes to earn a monthly profit of 60,000 FCFA, which she will use to aide her husband in providing for the family, to pay back her loan, as well as reinvestment in her business.
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Née vers 1981 à Bamako, Rokia vit avec ses 4 enfants et son époux dans une famille monogame dans le quartier mission catholique de Ouelessebougou ville.
Rokia n’a pas eu la chance de progresser à l’école, très vite elle s’est intéressée aux activités génératrices de revenus auprès de sa grande sœur qui faisait le commerce d’articles divers. Rokia, après des années d’expériences avec cette dernière, opta pour les mêmes activités à savoir le commerce d’articles divers : produits de beauté, produits alimentaires, des parures, etc.
Après avoir correctement remboursé les deux prêts précédents, Rokia est à son troisième prêt avec Soro Yiriwaso qui sera utilisé pour acheter, 20 sacs de attièkè, 3 cartons de broches à dents et pour les cheveux, 3 carton de pâtes dentifrices et 2 carton de bleu (pour les habits). Elle s’approvisionne avec les grossistes de la place et effectue ses ventes au comptant, à crédit et en détail, à domicile, dans le marché de Ouelessebougou et dans les foires environnantes à une clientèle mixte.
Rokia espère réaliser un bénéfice mensuel de 60.000FCFA qui sera utilisé pour aider son mari à subvenir aux besoins de la famille, rembourser le prêt et réinvestir dans les activités.

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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
  • 43
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    Mali Loans Fundraising
  • $10,429,550
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 500.9
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $800 helped Rokia to purchase various products.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 21, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 15, 2013