A loan of $525 helped purchase of various items for her shop.

Djeneba's story

Mrs. Djeneba Sangaré is a 51-year old widow and has nine children. She lives with her children in the Hérémakono Nord district of the town of Bougouni (third administrative region of the Republic of Mali).

For social reasons, Djeneba never went to a modern school, but to a "médersa" (private islamic school which offers a religious education). As a housewife, she became interested in income-generating activities only after her husband died, and then in order to provide for her own needs as well as those of her children. For this reason she decided to run a business selling shop items. She learned this trade with one of her dead husband's friends.

Having had five years experience, she now masters the business well. In order to satisfy her sharply increasing customer base better, she has joined the loan programme at Soro Yiriwaso and is on her first individual loan with this company. With the loan she is planning to buy various items for her shop. She stocks up at Bamako (the capital of the Republic of Mali) and sells to a customer base of local people, on a retail basis, for cash and on credit. She hopes to make a monthly profit of 60,000 FCFA. With this profit she plans to expand her shop.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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