A loan of $425 helped buying cloth for resale.

Bintou's story

Mrs. Bintou Koussoubé, 44, is married and the mother of 6 children. She lives in the home of her late husband with her co-spouse, in a big traditional family in the Pelengana Sébénikoro district of Ségou (fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali).

Not having attended school for socio-economic reasons, she began early on to do petty trading together with her mother, who sold condiments at the market. After several years spent working with her mother, she began to work alone, selling various items such as peanut butter, vegetables, cloth, etc.

Wishing to grow her working capital so that she could make more profit, she came to Soro Yiriwaso 36 months ago. With two solidarity loans and two individual loans under her belt, all correctly reimbursed, she is on her third individual loan which she intends to use to buy a bale of cloth. She buys her supplies near where she sells, at COMATEX, Compagnie Malienne des Textiles (Mali Textile Company).

Mrs. Bintou Koussoubé sells for cash and credit to a clientele composed of women and men. With this loan, she expects to make a monthly profit of 100,000 F CFA, which will permit her to support her family, given that she is a widow and her children are still school-aged. Her ambition is to be able to continue working in this business until her children are able to take over supporting the family.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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