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Mr. Sombel, who is in his fifties, has been in the tailoring business for many years. He started apprenticing as a tailor in 1989, with one of his uncle who had a great tailoring shop. Nine years later, in 1988, Sombel opened his own shop, doing all types of tailoring: for men and women, children and adults.

Sombel is requesting a 700,000-XOF loan renewal, to purchase trimmings as well as a variety of fabric to make into ensembles for men and women. These will be exhibited and sold. He can work all day, and even part of the night, given the needs of his clientele at times.

Sombel is married and a father of five children. The older is sixteen years old and the youngest three. He provides for their alimentation and schooling, which is possible thanks to his tailoring revenues, but also from profits he makes with his vehicle.

Sombel’s dream is to open a major tailoring shop if he can find the financial resources and have the support of a financial institution like IMCEC.
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Monsieur Sombel, âgé de la cinquantaine, évolue dans le secteur de la couture depuis des années. C’est en 1989, qu’il a démarré l’apprentissage du métier de tailleur chez un de ses oncles qui possédait un grand atelier de confection. Neuf ans plus tard, Sombel ouvre son propre atelier en 1998 et fait de la couture tout genre : hommes, femmes, enfants, adultes.
Sombel sollicite un renouvellement de 700 000fcfa pour acheter de la garniture et des variétés de tissus qu’il va confectionner en ensembles pour hommes et femmes, qu’il va exposer et mettre en vente. Il peut être actif toute la journée, voire une partie de la nuit compte tenu de la clientèle et de la période.
Sombel est marié et père de 5 enfants dont le plus âgé a 16 ans et le cadet, 3 ans. Il s’occupe de leur alimentation et de leur scolarité et cela est possible grâce aux revenus de l’activité de couture, mais aussi grâce aux recettes de son véhicule.
Sombel, rêve d’ouvrir un grand complexe de coupe-couture s’il a les moyens et l’appui d’une Institution financière comme l’IMCEC.

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To reach borrowers who would not normally qualify for loans, UIMCEC has developed partnerships with a number of local organizations created by the poor to promote savings and mutual support. Most members of these organizations take group loans from UIMCEC. Some group members have larger businesses requiring more capital, and therefore receive individual loans. To meet their needs, UIMCEC is offering this loan at a lower interest rate with no material guarantee requirement. By supporting this loan, you are helping poor borrowers access credit at  lower interest rates.


This loan is administered by UIMCEC, a Kiva Field Partner in Senegal since 2008. UIMCEC is a government-regulated microfinance institution whose mission is to improve the revenue and well-being of families through access to financial services, allowing principally women and young adult micro-entrepreneurs living in rural and semi-rural areas to develop their revenue-generating businesses and supporting them in becoming financially self-sufficient.


About Senegal

  • $2,300
    Average annual income
  • 92
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    Senegal Loans Fundraising
  • $13,835,375
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 477.1
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD
Ended with Loss - Currency Exchange Loss learn more
A loan of $1,475 helped Sombel to buy decorative elements and fabrics to sew suits for retails.
96% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 1, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 20, 2015