A loan of $350 helped pour acheter des poissons.

Minata's story

Mrs. Minata C., 47, is a widow and the mother of 4 children. She lives with her co-spouse and their children in a big extended traditional family in the second district of the town of Ségou (fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali).

She did not attend school for socio-economic reasons, since at that time (during her childhood) educating daughters was not a priority for parents. She began earning money at an early age, especially selling fish, learning the business from one of her childhood friends. After a year's apprenticeship (learning how to fry fish and remove the parts that can't be eaten) she began working by herself. She has been at it now for 29 years and has a good reputation and is known in all of Ségou. Among her customers are civil servants (from Customs, the Court, the Town Hall, etc.)

Wishing to grow her working capital so as to make more profit, she came to Soro Yiriwaso. She is on her first individual loan which she intends to use to buy 75 kg of fresh fish. She buys it right where she works and sells for cash and credit to a clientele composed of women and men.

With this loan, she expects to make a monthly profit of 50,000 F CFA. This profit will allow her to support herself (food, clothing, medicines) and pay the school fees for her children. Her ambition is to use her vacant lot to build a family home.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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