A loan of $475 helped purchase of equipment.

Ibrahim's story

Mr Ibrahim Dembélé is married and father to four children. He was born around 1980 in Koutiala, one of the prefectures of Sikasso (third administrative region of the Republic of Mali). He lives in Loulouni town in a monogamous family.

After years of apprenticeship with a metallic construction professional on the Ivory Coast, Ibrahim came back to his country of origin to set up his own business.

For seven years now he has been offering services, such as making doors, windows, metal chairs etc. He is much sought after and appreciated for the quality of his services which he performs successfully owing to his experience in the profession.

Ibrahim Dembélé is participating in the loan program of the microfinance institution, Soro Yiriwaso, for the first time and wants to maintain this relationship in order to satisfy his customer base which is constantly growing.

He gets his supplies in the Republic of the Ivory Coast, where the cost in hardware stores specialised in metallic construction equipment is lower. He makes and repairs doors, windows etc. for cash for a customer base made up of men and women.

With this loan he hopes to make a monthly profit of 35,000FCFA, of which part will be used to pay the rent on his workshop and to pay an apprentice, while the rest will be saved, since his ambition is to have the complete amount of equipment necessary for his business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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