A loan of $1,025 helped purchasing a freezer.

Djeneba's story

Mrs. Djeneba C. is 47 years old, divorced and the mother of two children. She lives with her nuclear family in the Médine district of Segou (the third administrative district of Mali).

She is a secretary at the Ségou Customs office; parallel to that work, she also earns money through other business activities, mainly selling juice, which she has been doing for 35 years. She learned this trade from her mother, who used to sell juice by primary schools during recess. Her strong side is the high quality of her juice, well prepared and carefully conserved. II order to make her jjuice, she uses 5 kg [11 lbs] of sugar, 1 kg [2.2. lbs] of ginger, 2 kg [4.8 lbs] of tamarind, 20 packs of vanilla and 4 packs of powdered juice (banana, mango and orange).

All ingredients are mixed in with 1.5 liter [about 1.6 qt] of water in order to achieve the desired taste. The beverage is then poured into cans which had been carefully washed and placed in the refrigerator to chill.

In order to increase her working capital and earn a higher revenue, Mrs. C. has turned to Soro Yiriwaso. She has been a member for 12 months. After duly repaying her first individual loan, she is seeking a second loan in order to purchase a freezer. She stocks up locally.

Mrs. Djeneba C. sells for cash and in credit to a customer base composed of both women and men.

With this loan, she hopes to achieve a monthly income of 150,000 West African Francs. This will allow her to support herself and to take part in social event such as baptisms, weddings etc.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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