A loan of $1,050 helped to buy white damask fabrics, caustic soda, and dyes.

Mariame's story

Ms. Mariame Djiré, age 46, lives in a polygamous family with her seven children (3 boys and 4 girls), her husband, and her co-spouse in Sanoubougou II, an outlying district of Sikasso City (third administrative region of the Republic of Mali). Not having gone to school due to societal reasons, this woman was introduced to an income-generating business, the dyeing of cloth. She learned this trade in Bamako (capital of Mali) from ANTOU, a local celebrated dye expert.

Mariame enjoys a solid reputation in this business and receives many orders, especially for ceremonies (marriages, baptisms, holidays, etc.). But her own resources cannot allow her to meet the demand. And so, she's requesting a collaboration with Soro Yiriwaso, with which she is on her fourth individual loan, after having correctly repaid all the preceding ones. She intends to buy five bolts of white damask fabrics, ten bags of caustic soda, and ten containers of dyes of different colors. Supplies are gotten from wholesalers in Bamako for her raw materials (white damask, caustic soda, and dyes). The white damask is put into different colors and then sold, either in cash or credit transactions, to customers composed of women in her area.

With this fourth loan, she intends to realize an average monthly profits of 300,000 francs CFA that she'll use essentially for her personal expenses, for helping to cover family expenses by helping her husband, for making loan interest payments, and for bolstering her dye business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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