A loan of $1,025 helped purchase of sheets, waxed fabric, and bras.


Awa's story

Born May 26, 1985 in Sikasso village, Ms. Awa S. lives with her father in a large, traditional family in Hamdallaye, one of the popular quarters of Sikasso village (third administrative region of the Mali Republic). After studying as a manager's secretary, she began buying and selling diverse articles like bed linens, waxed fabric, bras, etc., about seven years ago. She is often solicited by clients for the quality of her products.
With the intention of better satisfying her growing clientele, Awa decided to join the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso two years ago. She is asking for her third loan to purchase 15 bundles of sheets, five dozen bras, and ten pieces of waxed fabric in Dakar and Bobo Dioulasso (in Sénégal and Burkina Faso, respectively).
Awa sells her merchandise door-to-door at businesses and in homes. Her clients are primarily women. She foresees making a monthly profit of 200,000 FCFA which will be used to increase her commercial funds, contribute to her family's expenses, pay the interest on the loan, and invest the rest in her business.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Kelly Percival



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