A loan of $425 helped to buy fabrics, pagnes and bazin (African cloth), and other items.

Kadiatou's story

Mrs. S. Kadiatou is married and the mother of three children, one boy and two girls. She was born on November 20, 1965 in Bougouni, a prefecture in the third administrative region of Mali. She lives in her husband's house, together with his co-spouse and their children, in the Noumousso neighborhood in Kadiolo. She sells wax pagnes (colorful African cloth), fabrics, and bazins (highly prized cloth). For three years, she's been owning a sewing workshop where she sews and sells clothing. She also offers sewing services. She's getting help from a tailor, who she pays at the end of the month. Kadiatou is also a teacher at Kadiolo's elementary school. She manages to do all these activities harmoniously.

She's seeking her first loan from Kiva's partner, the microfinance organization Soro Yiriwaso, in order to meet customer demand. She intends to use it to buy 10 full sets of men's fabric, 1 piece of bazin, 2 pieces of wax pagnes, and other items. She gets her supplies in Bamako, the capital of Mali, and in Burkina Faso. She sells for cash or on credit (retail and on order) to a clientele comprising both women and men. She foresees turning a monthly profit of XOF 80'000 (ca US$ 165), to be used in part to bolster her working capital. The other part will be put aside, because she would like to build a home to live in the city of Sikasso.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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