A loan of $800 helped to buy motorcycles.

Diakalia's story

Diakalia was born in 1986 in Zanièna, in the Sikasso Cercle. He is single and lives in a large traditional family in Kaboïla I, one of the working-class neighborhoods of the city of Sikasso. He grew up in a business environment, since his father is a well-known local business owner. Diakalia very quickly learned to buy and sell motorcycles (two-wheeled vehicles of various brands). He owns a shop at the Grand Marché in Sikasso and his customers come from all socioeconomic backgrounds. He is a very popular seller, thanks to the quality of his products. In order to satisfy an ever-increasing number of customers, he decided to join the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and has requested his first individual loan. With this first loan he is planning to buy two different models of motorcycles. He will buy these two vehicles in Bamako and will resell them in his shop. Thanks to this loan he is expecting monthly profits to reach 200,000 CFA francs which will be essentially used to contribute to his family expenses and pay off his loan's interest, while the rest will be invested in his business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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