Total loan: $375


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ZIGUINCHOR, Ziguinchor, Senegal / Retail

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A loan helped to buy cashews.

Ismatou's story

Young and energetic, 27-year-old Ismatou lives with her husband and three school-aged children. Ismatou works in the cashew industry and buys cashews to sell to exporters. Although the activity is seasonal, Ismatou is never out of work, since she sells sugar and local fruits after the end of cashew season. Her cashew business is going well and is profitable.

She is applying for a loan to buy more nuts and increase her income. The money she earns from her business allows her to pay for part of her family's needs, such as her children's education and daily expenses. Ismatou dreams of becoming an influential businessperson in the cashew industry to inspire young people to join.