A loan of $675 helped to buy supplies of nere nuts.

Sanata's story

Mrs. Sanata D. is 56 years old, married and the mother of 6 children. She lives with her husband and children in the Hardallaye neighborhood in the city of Koutiala, the third administrative region of the Republic of Mali.

Mrs. D. did not attend school. She fell victim of that period when girls did not have the opportunity to attend school. She was taught by her mothe, becoming interested in eaning income by transforming nere seeds into Sounbala, a local West African spice. She has been practicing this business for thirty years.

In Mali sounbala is one of the more important basic food condiments and well prized by women. Because of the high quality of her production, this business grown to a point where she sells more than 5 large baskets of product each week.

To increase her operating capital, Mrs Sanata has been collaborating with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance group for five years. After duly repaying 8 group and 2 personal loans, she plans to use her 3rd personal loan to buy; 10 sacs of nere nuts from the specilized cereal sellers in Koutiala. She sells to a clientele made up predominantly of women for cash, in the cities of Barnako and Kati.

Sanata expects to earn a monthly income of 85,000 francs CFA, which she plans to use to repay her loan to Soro Yiriwaso and contribute to improving her family's living conditions.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Dave Gibbons

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