A loan of $425 helped to buy various articles for resale.

Alimata's story

Alimata is a 38 year old widow and mother of 3 sons who lives in the home of her deceased father, in Kaboila II, the city center of Sikasso (third administrative region of the Republic of Mali).

She did not have the chance to attend school for social reasons and 6 years ago, started to buy and sell various articles such as Wax pagne (decorative cloth), shoes, perfumes, embroidered fabric, "Super" basins, etc. She is well sought out by her clientele, made up of military personnel and their wives, among others, for the high quality of her products. The fact that she is a widow aids her in getting many orders and her business is running very well.

With this loan she expects to buy, 4 rolls of light fabric, 4 cartons of "Super" basins, 5 complete sets of embroidered fabric, 2 cartons of perfume, 2 lengths of Wax pagne, etc. She buys her supplies in Bobo Dioulasso (at Burkina Faso) and resells them at the Camp Tieba military camp in Sikasso and in her neighborhood.

With this loan she hopes to earn a monthly income of 100,000 Francs CFA which would be essentially used to increase her operating capital, contribute to family expenses, meet her loan payments and invest the remainder into her business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Dave Gibbons

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