A loan of $1,125 helped to purchase firewood.

Djélika's story

Mrs. Djelika Sangare is 49 years old and married with three children. She lives with her husband and children in a monogamous family, and resides in the Koko neighborhood in the city of Koutiala (Sikasso region).
She went to school but could not complete her education for family reasons. This is how she decided to undertake revenues-generating activities, learnt at her mother's side for over a decade now. After trying several occupations, she finally chose the firewood trade seven years ago.
Firewood is one of the essential elements for Malian women to prepare meals (cooking), which account for Mrs. Djelika being able to sell three trailer truckloads a month.
With wintering drawing near, a time where firewood is often oversold, Djelika decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution and take her first loan, in order to avert the shortage.
Mrs. Djelika envisions using this loan to purchase bundles of firewood from farmers in the villages surrounding Koutiala. She retails in front of her door in the Koko neighborhood, to a varied clientele.
She hopes to make a monthly benefit of FCFA 125,000; she will use it to pay back the Soro Yiriwaso loan, participate to the daily expenses of the family, and will invest the remainder in her business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Charlotte Buecheler

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