A loan of $1,100 helped increase of working capital.

Fatou's story

Mrs Fatou D. is a 44-year old woman who lives in Ndeugagne, one of the neighborhoods of Yoff. She is married and has eight children, whose ages range from 12 to 26 years old. She has been a member of the Yoff savings bank - which belongs to the U-IMCEC mutual loan and savings union - since July 2009 and has never taken out a loan. She is known for the sale of "Diembe" drums, masks, handcrafted clothing and smoked fish which she exports to Paris. She has been developing her business in this area since 1984. It is above all her husband, a former employee of Air Africa, who encouraged her to take up this activity because he was able to offer her a ticket from time to time. What interests her most in her business is the trips she makes and the profits she earns. She sells mainly to order. She is asking for a loan of 500,000 francs which will be used for the purchase of certain products she has ordered and to give her some pocket money. Thanks to the profits she makes she can cover the costs of her children's schooling.

As part of its ongoing vision to participate actively in the battle against poverty, U-IMCEC, with the backing of its lenders, is successfully providing support to people so that they can carry out lucrative revenue generating activities; this in turn contributes to a welcome socio-economic development.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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