A loan of $1,000 helped to buy shoes.

Drissa's story

Mister Drissa is a 35 year old married man and father to two children. He lives with his wife and his children in the Dialanikoro district of Bougouni.

Having left school in the 5th year fundamental class (Malian educational system), very quickly he was initiated into income generating businesses, notably into buying and selling shoes which he learned from his father. With more than 5 years experience, he masters this business and is generally known.

After having correctly repaid the first loan, he is on his second loan, which he plans to use to buy 10 dozen shoes of different types for men and women.

He gets his supplies in Bamako at the wholesalers. His items are sold in the large market of Bougouni and in the surrounding villages on the days of weekly fairs, to a diverse and varied clientèle.

With this loan he hopes to make a monthly profit of 65,000 FCFA, which will be used to repay the loan, meet the family expenses and reinvest the rest in his business.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer S Mason

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