A loan of $1,000 helped to buy damask, caustic soda, and dye.

Mariame's story

Mariame is 49, married and a mother of 7. She lives with her husband, her co-wife, and their children in a polygamous family in Sanoubougou II, one of the suburbs of the city of Sikasso (third administrative region of the Republic of Mali).
Since she never went to school, for social reasons, seven years ago, Mariame got into an income-generating activity, cloth dying, with the famous dyer from the ANTOU square. She has quite a reputation in this business and gets lots of orders, especially for ceremonies (weddings, christenings, parties, etc.) but with her own resources, she cannot meet this demand. That is why, in order to meet the needs of her growing clientele, she is applying for a 7th loan so she can buy 10 rolls of white damask, 10 bags of caustic soda, and 10 boxes of dye of various colors.
She buys these items (white damask, caustic soda, and dye) in Bamako so she can dye them and then resell them cash or on credit, to a clientele composed of dyed damask resellers, tailors, and women from her neighborhood.
Mariame has been working with Soro Yiriwaso for about 5 years. She has already gotten 4 solidarity loans with “SOUTOURA Association of Sanoubougou II,” a women's association in her neighborhood and this is her seventh individual loan. All previous loans have been successfully paid back.
With this seventh loan, she expects to make a monthly profit of 250.000 FCFA, which she plans on using to contribute to her family's expenses by helping her husband, pay back her loan, and strengthen her business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Julien Roland

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