A loan of $875 helped to buy clothing.

Rokia's story

Ms Rokia Cissé, age 48, is married and the mother of five children.  She lives in a polygamous family with her husband, her co-wife, and their children in the Hamdallaye B district of the city of Ségou (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali).

Not having been to school due to societal reasons, she started early in her childhood working at a small business with her mother selling cakes, condiments, etc.  Bestowed with several years of experienced in this business of selling various goods, she decided to become specialized in the commerce of pagnes (colorful West African cloth) six years ago now.  She has an excellent command of this niche and is much in demand. 

Concerned about maintaining her customers and making bigger profits, she turned towards Soro Yiriwaso.  She has had an associated with this micro-finance institution for 30 months  After three solidarity loans and an individual loan, all properly repaid, she is now on her second individual loan. She intends to use this loan to buy a bale of Wax pagnes (colorful West African cloth), equivalent to 50 bolts of cloth, or about 100 outfits.  She stocks up in Bamako from wholesale vendors.  Sales are made to customers composed of men and women, cash or credit accepted. 

With this loan, she plans to realize a monthly profit of 75,000 francs CFA that will enable her to address her needs (buying clothing, shoes) and to help her husband to cover family expenses.  Her ambition is to build a house.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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