A loan of $325 helped get supplies of basic materials and pay expenses.

Aboubakrine Moussa's story

Mr. Aboubakrine Moussa B. is 60 years old and is in charge of a family made up of his wife, his seven children and his four brothers. A specialist in shoes since 1968, Mr. B. is a teacher of shoe-making at the Maurice De La Fosse high school in Dakar. He took up this profession out of love and believes that the protective element of shoes and their elegance are the most important aspects of his work. Concerned by the necessity to manage his affairs by himself, Mr. B. is planning to run a parallel activity by setting up his own workshop and making products (shoes, bags) to sell; he plans also to train young people who do not have the opportunity to go to school. Thus, in order to advance his work, Mr. B. would like a loan of 150,000 FCFA from his savings bank, Jammi Xaleyi, which belongs to U-IMCEC (a Senegalese association of mutual savings and loans institutions) in Thies. He is planning to buy basic materials for 55,000 FCFA, and the balance of 55,000 FCFA will be used to cover personal needs (to pay the electricity bill for his house, rent..). Finally in thanking his lenders in advance, Mr. B. thinks that the loan will allow him to settle his debts and to create products (such as the bag in the photo, which he made himself) for sale.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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