A loan of $400 helped buy sewing material.

Siaka's story

Mr. Siaka Traoré is 31 years old, married and the father of two children. He lives with his wife and children in his uncle’s home in the Torakabougou borough of Bougouni.

Having stopped going to school at an early age, he decided to learn the tailoring trade from his uncle. He now has ten years’ experience in this activity which he masters well. In addition to his tailoring activity, he also sells material often used by tailors and dressmakers.

To strengthen his business he decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan programme where this will be his first experience. With the loan he wants to buy fabric, buttons, chains, thread, needles, etc., for resale to a customer base of tailors and dressmakers.

He gets his supplies from Bougouni and Bamoko (capital of the Republic of Mali). Religious festivities are the time when sales are at their peak. He is counting on monthly earnings of 40,500 FCFA.

With his earnings he will make improvements to his workshop to attract customers, contribute towards family expenses and open another workshop.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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