A loan of $525 helped purchase of a refrigerator.

Hawa's story

Mrs Hawa Dembélé is 52 years old, married and mother to seven children. She lives with her husband in a nuclear family in the Darsalam district of Ségou (fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali). When she left school in 5th grade (a fundamental year in the Mali education system) she started to get interested in revenue-generating activities with her mother. Hawa opted for the preparation and sale of soft drinks, such as fruit juices. She enjoys a large customer base and a good reputation.

In order to make her juice she uses 2kg of sugar, six large sachets of juice powder and six sachets of valine sugar. All this is placed in a bucket of 15 litres of water.

As she needs to have new equipment in order to cope with customer demand, she turned to Soro Yiriwaso. Having already had three group loans and two individual loans, all of which were repaid on time, she is now on her third individual loan, which will be used to buy a refrigerator locally in Ségou.

Mrs. Hawa Dembélé sells for cash and on credit to a customer base made up of men and women. With this loan she is planning to make a monthly profit of 50,000 FCFA; this will allow her to pay her children's school fees. Her ambition is to diversify her business by selling flasks or gourds made from calabash.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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