A loan of $550 helped to buy traditional African fabrics (embroidered, "pagne wax" and damask-type "bazins").


Mariam's story

Born on July 18, 1967 in Bamako, Mariam S. is married and the mother of six. She lives with her husband, her husband’s second wife and their children in Sanoubougou I, a working-class district in the city of Sikasso (the third administrative region of the republic of Mali).

Not having had the opportunity to go to school, for social reasons, she started working as a reseller of traditional colorful “pagne wax” fabrics as well as embroidered cloth about ten years ago. She is very sought after by her customers (mainly women) because of the high quality of her wares.

With the goal of better meeting the growing customer demand, she decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution about three years ago and is now on her third loan with this institution. The present loan is requested to purchase 10 sets of the UNIWAX brand “pagnes” fabric, four sets of embroidered fabric, six sets of “pagne wax” and four sets of damask-type “basin” fabric of mid-range quality in Bamako and Bobo Dioulasso (Burkina Faso).

She has a stall at the local market, where she sells her wares for cash and on credit.With this loan, she plans to achieve a monthly income of 150,000 West African Francs, which will be used essentially to bolster her business capital, contribute to the family budget, and pay off the interest on her loan.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S



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