A loan of $525 helped purchase of wheat flour.

Aminata's story

Mrs. Aminata Kassongué is 50 years old, married and mother to eight children. She lives with her husband and children in the Kouloukoro district of the town of Koutiala. Since she did not have the chance to shine in her studies, Aminata became interested at an early age in income-generating activities, notably with the purchase and sale of various goods such as condiments and wheat flour. She has been carrying out this activity for more than 11 years.

In order to overcome the small ruptures in stock which she experiences frequently and which lead to her losing customers, she decided to join the microfinance institution, Soro Yiriwaso six years ago, to be able to satisfy her customer demand. Having had eight group loans, all of which she repaid on time, she is now on her third individual loan (the two previous ones having also been repaid on time).

She is planning on buying sacks of wheat flower from wholesalers in Koutiala; she sells her goods at the Kouloukoro market and at home to a customer base which is predominantly feminine, for cash and on credit.

With the reinforcement of her business, she expects to make an average profit of 75,000FCFA per month, which she plans to use to pay the interest on her loan from Soro, to contribute to her family's expenses and to look after herself as well as her children.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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