A loan of $600 helped to buy iron bars and soldering rods.

Karim's story

Karim was born in Soumako, in the Bougouni Cercle. He is 38 years old, married, and has five children. He lives with his wife and children in the Dougounina neighborhood of Bougouni.

He left school early on in order to pursue income-generating activities instead. He tried his hand at several things such as running a shop, but was never successful because of his lack of working capital. He finally ended up learning how to solder from a friend. With over ten years of experience, he has a thorough knowledge of this trade.

In order to obtain funds, he decided to become involved in the Soro Yiriwaso loan program. With the loan, he will buy ten iron bars for making doors and windows, and one box of soldering rods.

He gets his supplies in Bougouni. This is his first loan with Soro Yiriwaso. His workshop is located on the road which links Bougouni and Sikasso. His customers are typically people who live in the local area.

He expects to earn monthly profits of 70,000 FCFA, which will be used to improve his business.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Holden Ferry

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