A loan of $925 helped to buy bananas and potatoes.

Bintou's story

A married mother of six, Mrs. Bintou is 46 years old and lives in a nuclear family with her husband and their children in the city of Koutiala. For social reasons, Bintou didn’t have the chance to continue her elementary school studies, and she quickly became interested in earning money. After having failed at several businesses, she ended up opting to sell fruits, vegetables and tubers twelve years ago. She finds that this business generates a lot of money and works really well. In order to satisfy her clientele in quality and quantity by increasing the size of her business, she decided to turn to microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso seven years ago. After having properly repaid five group loans, she is on her ninth individual loan, and all of her previous loans were repaid without difficulty. With this new loan, she plans to buy baskets of bananas and potatoes. She stocks up at different weekly fairs in villages neighboring Koutiala and in Sikasso, and sells her goods at the grand market of Koutiala to a clientele consisting of women and men, for cash or credit. She foresees earning an average of 150,000 FCFA per month, which she envisions using to repay the Soro loan, paying for family expenses, and investing back into her business.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sherry W.

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