A loan of $825 helped purchase cereals.

Drissa's story

Drissa is 43 years old and lives with his ​​six children and his wife in a traditional family in Kounkodjan, one of the villages in the sub-prefecture of Baguinéda, part of the Koulikoro Region.

Drissa has not had the opportunity to go to school. Very early on he became interested in income-generating activities, in particular the buying, storing, and selling of cereals. He learned the business from his maternal uncle, who was once a major grain trader.

In order to satisfy his growing number of customers, he decided to work with Soro Yiriwaso. He is now on his fifth individual loan he will use to buy two tons of cereals (maize, beans, millet, fonio) from farmers and producers in Kounkodjan and the surrounding area, and store them for at least two months. He mainly sells wholesale to a clientele made up of dealers from big cities like Bamako.

Drissa expects an average monthly profit of 100,000 FCFA which will be used to repay the loan, the rest being reinvested in the business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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