A loan of $1,050 helped buy bazin fabric, pagnes cloth, caustic soda and dyes.

Adiara's story

Mrs. Adiara Berthé is 54 years old and lives with her husband and six children in Sanoubougou I, a working-class neighborhood in the town of Sikasso (third administrative region of the Republic of Mali). Given her social environment, she did not have the opportunity to further her education, and more than 20 years ago learned from a friend the rudiments of dying and selling clothes.

After dying the Bazin cloth, she assembles several pieces to make men’s shirts for sale. She is much in demand by her customers (for the most part travelers and truck drivers) for the quality of her products. Because her shop is well located at the Sikasso bus station, her business is flourishing and her customers are very satisfied.

She decided six years ago to join the Doro Yiriwaso MFI, to better satisfy an increasing number of customers with high expectations. After participating in a few group loans with a neighborhood women’s loan group, she is now up to ten individual loans, all of which have been fully reimbursed.

With this loan she intends to buy: 15 pieces of white bazin fabric, 15 containers of dye in various colors, 15 packages of caustic soda, and a few pieces of ‘pagne wax’ cloth. She gets her supplies from Bamako, then resells them in her shop located in the center of the Sikasso bus station.

She expects this loan will help bring her monthly earnings up to 350,000 FCFA, which she will use to increase her stock of supplies, contribute to family expenses, repay her loan and invest the remainder in her business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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