A loan of $775 helped buy cloth, perfume and other items.

Cheick Oumar's story

Mr. Cheick Oumar O. is 39 years old and a father of 3. He lives with his wife and children in the Torakabougou neighbourhood.

After high school he received a diploma in accounting, but he remained unemployed for some time. So Cheick Oumar turned his efforts to income-generating activities and has done so for 15 years now. He buys and sells various items, including cloth to make shirts and pants, perfumes, etc. He stocks up in Bamako (the capital of Mali), Lomé and Burkina Faso. He has both male and female customers. During religious festivals and ceremonies (baptism, marriage) his sales are at their highest.

With this loan, he hopes to make a monthly profit of 65,000 XOF.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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